Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Motorcyclist dies in I-275 crash Wheel Comes Flying Off Utilty Trailer

Please Note:

No inspections on these types of trailers.
Very Little maintenance is given to these types of trailers.
These Trailers are EXPOSED 24/7 to the elements.3

Why did the wheel come flying off? Was the manufacturer at fault? Was the owner of the trailer at fault for not maintaining the trailer?

Who sold him the trailer?
Please go here to view an example.

Motorcyclist dies in I-275 crash


A 53-year-old man was killed in a crash Sunday night after his motorcycle hit a tire that came loose from a nearby trailer in Romulus, police said.

The motorcyclist was riding in the center northbound lane of I-275 approaching the Huron River Drive overpass when the left wheel of a trailer hauled by a pickup came off and struck the bike, according to Romulus Police.

The rider lost control, hit a wall and went over the overpass, hitting a cement embankment, police said this morning.

Police were not releasing the identity of the motorcyclist pending notification of relatives.

Alcohol was not believed to have been a factor, police said.

Police said they were continuing to investigate the crash, and additional information wasn’t immediately available.


Edited by Michele Siuda Jacques.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Boat on Route 2 disrupts morning traffic

Boat on Route 2 disrupts morning traffic

Published: Jul 19, 2009 12:00 am

Rumford police Cpl. Doug Maifeld photo

Police and firefighters found this 170 Citation Bowrider boat sitting in the westbound travel lane at the intersection of Franklin and Bridge streets on Route 2 in Rumford at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Cpl. Doug Maifeld said the boat, which is owned by Dominique White of Auburn, slid off a trailer. Maifeld, officer Donald Miller, right, and firefighter Louis Giroux directed one-way traffic around the obstacle while Selectman Brad Adley and firefighters helped put the boat back on the trailer. The boat sustained minor damage, Maifeld said.

Rock County Truck Crash Kills One.. Loose Trailer

Rock County Truck Crash Kills One

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating a truck vs. truck crash that resulted in fatal injuries to 75 year-old Frank C. McIntyre of Beloit. The truck accident occured at approximately 4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2009, on State Highway 11, near South Potter Road in Spring Valley Township.

Preliminary investigations showed that a heavy duty Chevrolet bucket truck, being driven by 29 year-old Austin R. Hauser, of Orfordville, was pulling a trailer loaded with a Bobcat, when the trailer began to sway. Eventually, the trailer broke free from Hauser's truck, crossing the center line of West State Highway 11 and into the path of McIntyre's vehicle.

Based upon early reports, it appears that Hauser failed to maintain control of the trailer he was hauling. It is still unknown whether speed and/or faulty equipment played a role in the crash.

Orfordville Fire and Rescue were able to remove McIntyre from his truck that had come to rest on the south ditchline of West State Highway 11. McIntyre was immediately transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, where he was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.

Our thoughts are with McIntyre's family for this tragic crash.

Tragedy strikes Olympian again Trailer Sway

Click Play To View Video This Video is just an example of what might have happened.

Meaghen Nay competing in Rome.
Photo: Getty Images

Michael Cowley in Rome
July 27, 2009

THE Australian swimmer Meagen Nay is no stranger to tragedy. Her father, the Olympian Robert Nay, died in a car accident when she was four years old.

And on Saturday, just as she was about to begin racing at the world championships in Rome, she learnt that her brother, Amos, 28, had been killed in a car accident on the Gold Coast.

Remarkably, the 20-year-old decided to swim in her first event at the championships.

Nay was told of her brother's death by her coach, Michael Bohl, but decided to swim in the 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay, for the sake of her teammates. News had been relayed earlier in the day by Nay's stepfather, Peter Milburn, that Amos had died in a car accident on Saturday morning.

Nay's father Robbie, who as a 15-year-old, swam at the 1972 Munich Olympics, was killed, aged 37, in a car accident just north of the Gold Coast, at Labrador, in November 1992.

Stephanie Rice, Nay's training partner in Bohl's St Peters Western squad, spoke after her heat swim in the 200m individual medley, saying her friend had been devastated. "She's pretty good. Obviously she's extremely heartbroken, but I think it's so great she's got Bohly and the rest of our squad and the Australian team supporting her, and her family is here with her, which is probably the best thing, and I just hope they can get through this as best as they can."

Queensland police reported Amos Nay's vehicle, a Toyota Hilux utility towing a trailer, had been travelling north along the Pacific Motorway at Chinderah, near Dodds Lane, when it left the road and hit a sign post about 10.20am.

It rolled and the driver had died on impact. Police said it was unclear what caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

Nay's mother Karen, Mr Milburn, and Meagen's sisters Jess and Fiona, are all in Rome to watch her compete.

The Australian head coach, Alan Thompson, broke the news of the accident to the team on Saturday night.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Meagen during this difficult time," he said in a statement issued by Swimming Australia.

"We ask that everyone respects her privacy and that of her family at this time."

Nay made the breakthrough into international swimming last year when she qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 200m backstroke event, eventually finishing seventh in the final.

She has a busy program in Rome. As well as competing in the heats of the 4 x 100m freestyle relay, she is scheduled to swim the 200m freestyle tomorrow, the 200m backstroke on Friday, and the 4 x 200m freestyle relay on Thursday.

When she won the 200m freestyle at the Australian titles in March, Nay spoke to the Herald about the significance of winning the event her father had contested in Germany.

"Yeah, I think it was really special winning that event," she said at the time. "I kind of inherited good genes in the 200m freestyle I think. Apart from making the team and things like that, it meant a real lot to me as a person. The significance of it wasn't lost on me, and it was quite a very special moment."

According to Bohl, her preparation for the titles has been perfect, and big things had been expected.

As to whether she competes beyond the opening day is yet to be determined, and she will "play it day by day".

"It is just unbelievable. Everyone is absolutely devastated," the team spokesman, Ian Hanson, said. "She is going to swim this morning in the heats of the relay today … she is swimming for the team.

"The message from Meagen to Bohly, to the team, was she does not want a fuss. She just wants to try and get through today. At this stage who knows what is going to happen after today."

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Spartanburg Deputies Arrest Man After 40mph Chase.... Trailer Had Non working lights... then came off

Photo courtesy Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office

Spartanburg Deputies Arrest Man After 40mph Chase... Trailer Had Non Working Lights..

By Fred Cunningham
Published: July 24, 2009

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man early Friday morning after a 40 mile per hour chase.

Terrence Mechaun Talley is charged with parties to a crime and loitering.

A deputy was trying to stop a 1998 Ford Explorer that was towing a trailer - without operating lights - around 2:30am.

Deputies say someone kept driving from the intersection of Hidden Hill Road and East Blackstock Road into Quail Pointe Apartments. When the Explorer hit a speed bump, the trailer came loose and came to a stop against a curb.

The driver kept going into the Westgate Apartments and onto Tamara Way before striking an object and stopping on Pueblo Drive.

Talley fled from the vehicle, but was later found by a search dog team and arrested. The driver also fled the Explorer after the crash and has not been caught.

Deputies say the chase never exceed 40mph and the distance traveled was less than a mile.

Wreck Shuts Down S.B. I-65 At “Dolly Parton” Bridge

Wreck Shuts Down S.B. I-65 At “Dolly Parton” Bridge

Published: Thu, July 23, 2009 - 1:34 pm CST Last Updated: Thu, July 23, 2009 - 2:58 pm CST
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Southbound I-65 at the "Dolly Parton" bridge has reopened. It was closed for about an hour and a half Thursday because a 45-foot trailer hauling ATV's overturned.

1:34 p.m.
Southbound I-65 is closed at the General W.K. Wilson Bridge, which is affectionately known as the "Dolly Parton" Bridge.

State Troopers tell News 5 a Chevy 3500 pick-up truck was pulling a 45-foot box trailer full of ATVs and electrical equipment. The trailer came loose and overturned.

Troopes say it appears there are no injuries. But the road is completely blocked. Traffic is being diverted at Exit 31 (Hwy 225) south to Spanish Fort.

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Horse trailer comes loose on U.S. 60 in Apache Junction

Horse trailer comes loose on U.S. 60 in Apache Junction

Reported by: Alison Green
Last Update: 7/24 9:35 pm

The Department of Public Safety is investigating a rollover crash on the U.S. 60 near Goldfield Road in Apache Junction.

Officers say a horse trailer came loose from the truck that was pulling it and rolled into the median at 7:00 p.m. Thursday night.

A horse was inside the trailer at the time.

According to DPS, officials helped to extricate the animal and upright the trailer. The condition of the animal is not known at this time.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and it did not cause closures.

No one was injured.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jacknifed Utility trailer snagging I-5 traffic

Jacknifed trailer snagging I-5 traffic

Incident occurred near Woodland

Tuesday, July 14 | 5:49 p.m.



DATE/TIME: July 14, 2009, 5:15 p.m.
DESCRIPTION: A jack-knifed pickup with horse trailer is blocking the right and center lanes. WSP is on scene with traffic control.

LOCATION: Northbound I-5 from milepost 0 to milepost 18 ,3 miles south of Woodland, Clark County
START: July 14, 2009, 4:45 p.m.
Est. END: July 14, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
OTHER: Use caution. For more information contact the Washington State Patrol, Vancouver.
CONTACT: SW Region Traffic Management Center 360-759-1300

DISCLAIMER: The Washington State Department of Transportation provides this information as a public service. It is based on currently available information. Motorists are reminded that weather and road conditions can change rapidly and should plan accordingly. For current traveler information, please visit or call 5-1-1

A utility trailer being pulled by an SUV had a tire blow out,

Note: No Inspections on any trailer under GWR 3,000 pounds.

Was this person using an ST Rated Tire?


Traffic was still flowing on I-64 after the crash, but to access Jefferson Avenue from the westbound lanes, motorists had to instead exit at Fort Eustis.

A second, unrelated crash in the same area caused a traffic backup of several miles, Cotten said.

A utility trailer being pulled by an SUV had a tire blow out, causing it to skid out of control and strike a tree. There were no injuries reported, Cotten said.

For an update, come back later to and read tomorrow's Virginian-Pilot.

Rollover causes temporary lane closure

Rollover causes temporary lane closure

07/22/2009, 11:21 pm
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No injuries were reported in a rollover accident just east of Morris Wednesday afternoon.

Illinois State Police District 5 stated an SUV rolled over in the median, one mile east of Route 47. The SUV was pulling a trailer with a boat on it, and the boat became detached from the trailer.

The crash occurred when a tire blew on another vehicle and the driver of the SUV was attempting to avoid debris.

One eastbound lane was closed temporarily.

Jet ski stolen after fall from truck Trailer Came Loose

Note: Why did the trailer come loose?

Was Safety Chains used?

Jet ski stolen after fall from truck

Published Friday, July 3, 2009

The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a jet ski that came off a transport truck.

The sheriff’s office received a report around 4:40 a.m. Friday regarding a Kawasaki jet ski and trailer that had apparently come loose from a transport truck as it traveled along State Highway 34. When the truck driver went back to retrieve the jet ski and trailer near milemarker 13, both items were missing. An investigation is ongoing.

Second man dies after Milledgeville wreck

Second man dies after Milledgeville wreck

Thursday, Jul. 23, 2009


A second Gordon man died late Tuesday from injuries he sustained in crash on U.S. 441 that morning.

Buford Prosser, 64, died at a Macon hospital hours after the 11:15 a.m. wreck near Marshall Road on the north side of Milledgeville, the Georgia State Patrol said Wednesday.

Prosser and Albert Lee Harris, 55, had stopped along the highway to reconnect a straw trailer that came unhitched from the Toyota pickup they were in.

That’s when a 2009 Honda Fit, driven by a Milledgeville woman, ran into the trailer, striking the two men. Harris, also of Gordon, died soon after the crash.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I-20 lanes open after fiery crash.... SUV Broke Away From Towing Vehicle

NOTE: Why did the SUV break away from the Towing Vehicle?

Was the SUV properly secured by the hitch? Or did lack of education and training
or a complete failure of the hitch cause the accident?

I-20 lanes open after fiery crash

By Heather Civil • • July 13, 2009

All lanes of I-20 near Pearson Road in Pearl are open after almost 14 hours.

Traffic was backed up this morning past Airport Road traveling west as debris from a fiery collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV was cleared.

The 18-wheeler burst into flames after being hit by the SUV after it broke loose from the vehicle that was towing it. Both the unoccupied SUV and the semi were in the eastbound lanes.

The accident happened around 9:30 pm. Sunday.

No one was injured. The semi driver Roy Marquardt of South Dakota.

The semi, carrying a load of sprinklers, burst into flames after the SUV hit it.

Both lanes of the highway were closed after the crash, causing a serious traffic backup that lasted into this morning.

To comment on this story, call Heather Civil at (601) 961-7067.

Wreck kills one, injures one in Milledgeville

NOTE: Our organization has just learned that the second man has lost his life.
We are truly sorry for the loss of life.


MILLEDGEVILLE —A Gordon man was killed and another seriously injured Tuesday when a car crashed into the pine-straw trailer they were rehitching to their truck along U.S. 441.

The Georgia State Patrol said the wreck happened near Marshall Road, a few miles south of the Lake Sinclair bridge, shortly after 11 a.m.

Albert Lee Harris, 55, was killed and Buford Prosser, 64, was injured when a 2009 Honda Fit, driven by 43-year-old Tammy McMullen of Milledgeville, struck the trailer, which had come loose from the 2007 Toyota Tundra the men had been riding in, a patrol spokeswoman said. McMullen was not hurt.

The men were apparently between the pickup and the trailer when the crash happened. Prosser, whose legs were badly hurt, was being treated at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, the patrol spokeswoman said.

No charges had been filed and the incident still was being investigated.

Grand Junction man killed in wreck near Silt U Haul Trailer Involved

Grand Junction man killed in wreck near Silt

Crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday near milepost 95 between Silt and Rifle

GJ man killed in I-70 rollover, Person Lost Control Of U Haul Trailer

NOTE: What training was given before this person was allowed to tow?

How fast was he going?

What condition was the U Haul trailer in?

Did the Trailer contribute to the accident?

GJ man killed in I-70 rollover

Posted: July 21, 2009 03:50 PM

Updated: July 21, 2009 07:52 PM

A Grand Junction man is dead after a two-vehicle rollover accident on I-70 between Silt and Rifle Monday. The accident occurred around noon at mile marker 95.

According to the State Troopers, 32-year-old Ryan G. Legg of Grand Junction was traveling westbound on 70 in a Toyota Tacoma when he attempted to pass a Jeep Cherokee hauling a U-Haul trailer.

The Jeep swerved into the left lane and collided with Legg's car as it was passing the Jeep. This caused both cars to spin out of control and eventually roll several times. Legg was ejected during the rollover.

Legg was taken to Grand River Medical Center in Rifle, where he was later pronounced dead. Troopers say Legg was not wearing his seatbelt.

The occupants of the Jeep were all wearing seatbelts and sustained only minor to moderate injuries.

The driver of the Jeep has been charged with Careless Driving Causing Death, and Careless Driving Causing Bodily Injury.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Leland traffic accident ties up traffic... Utility Trailer Involved

Source: Mike Womble

Source: Mike Womble

Source: Mike Womble

NOTE: AT this time we do not know what caused this accident.. However what we do know is that a Pick Up towing a trailer was involved.

We do not know if the Trailer came loose and caused this accident. We will keep advised.
Posted: Jul 17, 2009 11:08 AM EDT

Leland traffic accident ties up traffic

Posted by Debra Worley - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - An accident involving four cars and a utility trailer on Highway 17 near the Wal Mart in Leland has caused northbound lanes of the highway to be closed.

According to Scott Garner with Brunswick County Emergency Services, several people were taken to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries are unknown at this time.

Law enforcement reports the road will likely be closed until at least noon Friday. Alternate routes are suggested:

  • Lanvale Rd to 74/76
  • Maco Rd to 74/76

Stay with WECT and for more details as they become available.

Teen Killed in Accident

Teen Killed in Accident

Franklin Co., VA - A 14-year-old boy is dead after an accident in Franklin County Friday evening. It happened shortly before 6:00 p.m. near Red Valley. According to State Police, Devan Austin was alongside Route 116 getting mail out of a mailbox when he tried to run across the road. He ran into the side of a utility trailer being hauled by a pickup. Austin, who was from Newport, was killed. The driver, a 21-year-old from Boone's Mill, was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

Traffic on Connector slowed by boat that fell off a trailer

Note: NO Inspections on trailers like these... Was the tire that blew out an ST Rated Tire?

A blown trailer tire caused this accident on the Coquihalla Connector. (Photo Joe Fries)
Friday, July 17th, 2009 | 5:18 pm

By Joe Fries

Traffic on the Coquihalla Connector heading towards Kelowna has been reduced to one lane as two tow trucks clear an accident.

The incident, abut 30 kilometres from the junction with Highway 97, happened when a driver in an eastbound lost control of his boat trailer. The driver thinks he blew a tire, causing the loss of control. The boat ended up overturned in the ditch.

The driver of large U-haul truck swerved to miss the accident and ended up with his tires in the ditch.

There were no injuries.

Large camping trailer detached On I 275


NO Inspections on Trailers under 3,000 Pounds in Virginia.

If this trailer was over 3,000 pounds was it inspected and was the towing vehicle able to tow the Camper??

Wreck causes Friday afternoon backup on I-81

A wreck this afternoon on Interstate 81 caused minor injuries and a ten mile back-up in Rockbridge County.

The accident involved a pick-up truck that was pulling a camper. The camper was loaded with four, four-wheelers.

State Police say the vehicle was passing a tractor trailer around 12:40 pm, when the driver lost control. The truck hit a guardrail and the trailer overturned.

Two five pound propane tanks broke loose, causing a propane leak.

Four patients were treated for minor injuries.

Moooving violation: Cattle scatter after trailer overturns

Inspections on trailers just one pound under 3,000 are not required.

Most often it is the poor condition of the trailer that causes accidents. Was this trailer a double axial trailer?

If so when was the last inspection?

Jill Nance/The News & Advance
Roscoe Goode (left), of Richmond, inspects his trailer that was holding eight cattle before it overturned on U.S. 29 on Monday afternoon. One of the cows had to be put down while the others scattered.

By Carrie J. Sidener

Published: June 23, 2009

Seven cattle remain roaming the land around the U.S. 29 bypass after a car crash Monday afternoon set them loose.

The cattle escaped the trailer of 63-year-old Roscoe Goode, of Richmond, when it overturned as he headed south on the U.S. 29 bypass near Galts Mill Road in Madison Heights around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

There were eight cattle in the trailer but one was injured so badly that it had to be put down, said Trooper Mike Ledbetter of the Virginia State Police.

The crash happened as Goode was driving south on the highway in his Ford F250 towing the cattle trailer when a box truck, driven by Gary Smoot, 47, of Forest hit the back end of the trailer, Ledbetter said. The impact caused Goode to lose control of the truck and trailer, and the trailer overturned. Smoot was charged with reckless driving.

Traffic on U.S. 29 was backed up as crews took more than an hour to clean up the crash.

Neither driver was transported to the hospital.

Emergency crews couldn’t capture the seven cattle that escaped in the crash.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Horse dies after being ejected from trailer

Horse dies after being ejected from trailer

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) Authorities say a horse fell down a steep embankment near Bozeman after it was ejected from a trailer that went off the shoulder of the road over the weekend.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's office says the horse was ejected from the trailer near the Palisade Falls Campground on Saturday.

Almost a dozen volunteers from the sheriff's office pulled the horse back up to the roadway but could not save the animal's life.

Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APNP 07-14-09

Kearney Man Charged in Animal Abuse Case

Kearney Man Charged in Animal Abuse Case

Posted: July 14, 2009 11:37 PM

Updated: July 15, 2009 04:25 PM

A horse dragged for several hundred yards on the highway. Authorities say it happened here in central Nebraska. The driver was harged with Cruel Neglect of an Animal.

The Dawson County Sheriff's Department got the call around 11 o'clock on the night of July fourth. The crime spans three counties, as the driver made his way from Sumner to Kearney.

21-year-old Tyler Brockman was on his way home to Kearney, after a night at the rodeo in Sumner. He apparently was unaware that he didn't untie his horse and put him in the
trailer before taking off in his pickup.

David Jeffrey, an eyewitness, said, "My 16-year-old daughter and my 11-year-old son had to witness that, but it's also something that we couldn't turn a blind eye to."

Penny Jeffrey, an eyewitness, said, "Dave was driving and he inched out on the highway to get the guy's attention so he would stop and he was flashing his lights and honking his horn. The guy drove by us. He didn't notice."

The horse was dragged to death in front of their eyes.

"The horse was trying to keep up, but he was tied securely to the trailer and as we were
behind him, the horse went down and was dragging. It was dark and the horse had shoes on and sparks where flying everywhere and it was horrific. It was just horrific," said Penny.

They decided to pass him.

"I rolled down the window and was yelling and screaming my loudest at him and he just did
not pay any attention to us," added Penny.

They managed to edge in front of the truck and forced Brockman to stop.

"He got out of the truck and instead of running to the back of the trailer, he went to the hitch. And that was it. I just lost it. He was out of it. The horse was down and we figured he was
dead," said Penny.

The Jeffries then dialed 9-1-1. When Dawson County deputies got there, Brockman was gone. They contacted Buffalo County because they suspected he was intoxicated. Authorities there caught up with him and charged him with D.U.I. That same night, Dawson County deputies cited him with Cruel Neglect of an Animal.

Gary Reiber, Dawson County Sheriff, said, "The animal really has nothing to do. It's just like a
child abuse case. The child has no control over the situation whatsoever."

Two days later, authorities found the horse dead on a farm field eight miles north of Funk in Phelps County. Officials say Brockman works for the owner of the property.

The Jeffrey family is now waiting for justice.

"I just certainly hope he takes responsibility and admits he screwed up and takes steps to
make sure it never happens again," said David.

Brockman will appear in Dawson County Court on July 28th for his arraignment. If convicted on the animal cruelty charge, he could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Reporter's Notes by Jessica Phinney:

David Jeffrey said he went back to the scene afterward and estimates the horse was dragged 300 to 400 feet.

Horses run loose on 60 fwy Overturned Trailer

Horses run loose on 60 fwy. after accident in Industry

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Horses were loose on an Industry freeway Sunday night after the trailer they were in overturned in a traffic accident, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The accident occurred about 10:40 p.m. on the southbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway at the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway, said CHP Officer David Porter.

It was unclear if any people or horses were injured, Porter said.

The trailer was being pulled by a pickup, he said.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known and it was unclear how many vehicles were involved, he said.

The right two lanes were temporarily closed, he said.

—From news services


Hi. I just missed the accident by five minutes. I saw the trailer on it's side, the back side exposed w/ two horses inside and they were not moving.(they looked dead) Gravel was heavily all over the first three lanes of the 605 frwy and the tires of the trailer were in the carpool lane and a small car bumper in the middle lanes.

Seeing the horses looking lifeless was haunting. I hope truly I am wrong and hopefully no people were injued also. I look forward to reading fresher updates to this accident.

My co-workers knows the person involved in the accident. And unfortunately, one horse was badly injured and had to be put down. The other horse did have one laceration, but he is doing fine now.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Flipped trailer blocks traffic

Note: How does somebody know how much a truck and pull?

Who is responsible to educate this person?

Why did this accident happen?

Why was he not charged?

Flipped trailer blocks traffic

Published: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 4:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 4:47 p.m.

HOUMA — Westbound traffic on U.S. 90 was partially blocked for nearly an hour and a half after a truck pulling a travel trailer jackknifed just west of the Chacahoula on-ramp this afternoon, police said.

Paul A. Kennedy, 44, of Oakdale, was driving a 1993 Chevrolet Silverado west, pulling a 29-foot travel trailer, when he drifted near the barrier wall during a left curve in the road. Kennedy overcorrected, overturning the travel trailer, which broke loose from the pickup. If the trailer had stayed connected, the truck may have flipped also, police said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which was called in to police about 1:20 p.m., and no injuries were reported.

State Police remind drivers that vehicles should be of adequate size to tow large trailers.

The Silverado's gross-vehicle weight rating, which dictates the size of the load the truck is capable of hauling, was insufficient to tow the 29-foot travel trailer, according to trooper Gilbert Dardar, spokesman for State Police Troop C.

Kennedy was not cited in the crash.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bee blamed in U.S. 460 Utility Trailer Accident..

Note: How fast was he going?

Was the trailer overloaded?

Did the trailer have a double axial? Then was it inspected?

Most often... an accident happens when a number of things go wrong to cause an accident.

To blame a Bee.... I just don't know...

Bee blamed in U.S. 460 accident near Lynchburg

By Dave Thompson

Published: July 7, 2009

A bee may have been partially to blame in a wreck that caused a landscaping truck to spill its load of wood on U.S. 460 Tuesday morning, state police said.

Trooper J.B. Murray said the truck’s driver, Luis Enrique Robles Santa Cruz, driving for Concord-based RSG Landscaping & Lawncare, told him a bee got into the truck’s cab around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, as he was driving west on U.S. 460 just east of Mount Athos Road.

Murray said the driver lost control of the pickup truck, causing the utility trailer it was pulling to fishtail and run off the road, spilling its load, and causing the truck to overturn.

Murray said Jason Reynolds, driving a Dodge pickup, slowed his vehicle to avoid the spilled wood, but was struck in the rear by Janelle Lewis, driving a Nissan Altima.

Robles Santa Cruz had a passenger in the truck with him and Lewis had two small children in the car, Murray said, but no one was injured.

Murray said the Altima and the Chevrolet pickup both sustained heavy damage due to the wreck, but damage to the Dodge pickup was minor.

Robles Santa Cruz and Lewis were both charged with reckless driving.

Camper trailer overturns on I-81 Trailer Disconnects

Posted June 30, 2009 | Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily

Camper trailer overturns on I-81

STRASBURG -- A Florida man overturned his 12-foot Scamp camper trailer on Interstate 81 on Sunday, authorities said.

According to state Trooper E.S. Wadsworth, John Ehrman, 57, of Port St. Joe, ran off the right shoulder of the interstate while traveling south near Strasburg.

Ehrman overcorrected, which caused the trailer to disconnect from his 2005 Honda Element, Ehrman said. Both the Honda and the trailer ended up in the median, but the Honda stayed upright, he said.

No one was injured and no other cars were involved, Ehrman said. There was one passenger in the car.

Traffic was blocked briefly for about a mile while emergency crews cleared the scene.

Daily Staff Report

A tire blew out on the boat trailer

Published online 7/12/2009 12:34 AM

The Disaster Vacation' had its moments

For the sake of efficiency, I'll just run down the list of things that didn't go quite as planned.

* A tire blew out on the boat trailer near Emporia, and naturally, the tire tool in my truck didn't have the size I needed for the odd-sized trailer tires. With the help of a nearby farmer and his dog, we managed to pull off the tire. Surprisingly, I had a spare capable of holding a

* A much-too-large boat cover apparently acts like a swimming pool liner and fills with water during a downpour. Lifting the water-filled cover is impossible without dumping water down the front of one's pants.

* The temperatures soared above 100 degrees and settled there for the bulk of the week. And for the first time I can remember, the wind absolutely would not blow at all - which converts an airy outdoor tent into something more akin to a pressure cooker.

* The dog, who insists on curling up inside the tent with the rest of the family, really likes squirrels. Apparently, a tent's window netting is not designed to withstand a lunging dog, bent on having wild game for breakfast. Thank goodness for duct tape.

* Here's an interesting bit of information: Cell phones stop working when dropped, even momentarily, into lake water. So do digital cameras, although a little baking in the 100-degree sun might recover the camera. Dead cell phones are good for poking things and cramming towels into crevices.

* If you like to read at night, don't use the bright white light on your headlamp to light your book. As I discovered, it attracts stinging and biting insects directly to your face.

* If, as I do, you have a teenaged daughter with you, take extra precautions to ensure she has constant access to a cell phone. Bring an extra charger - the one we had broke, thanks to a younger sibling convinced it could double as a lasso. I learned that teenage girls without a connection to the outside world are quite unhappy, yet quite vocal, people.

Despite the list of difficulties, the trip wasn't all bad. We discovered some beautiful lakes that we hadn't visited before, and learned that even challenging times aren't without the opportunity for some joking and laughing.

And there were some helpful people through all of this too: The farmer near Emporia and the Lyon County Deputy who stopped to help with the faulty tire; the Wal-Mart garage employee who helped me replace a damaged lug nut; the people at a tire store and Orscheln in Ottawa, who called all over town to help me find a replacement spare tire.

Oh, and the woman at La Cygne, who took one look at my sweaty and agitated children and decided to interrupt her day off so she could give us our cabin a day earlier than planned.

So in my book, the trip wasn't a total loss. And as my wife points out, of all the vacations we've taken over the years, this is the one to stand out in the kids' minds many years from now.

With a name like "Disaster Vacation," it's all the more likely.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Loose Horse Trailer A $250,000 Loss In Canada

By Victoria Carnaghan

The driver of a one-tonne pickup truck hauling a horse trailer was not injured after she rolled her vehicle west of Edson last week, but one of her barrel horses died in the accident.

Edson RCMP were called out to Hargwen Road last Monday night at about 11:30 p.m.

The 43-year-old female driver of the truck had lost control of her vehicle and entered the median, RCMP said. The force of the weight on the down slope unhitched the trailer and it rolled on its side.

Two barrel horses were trapped inside.

Bystanders were able to help free one of the horses from the trailer’s back door, but the other remained trapped and ended up dying from its injuries, police said. The driver was unhurt.

The cost of the damages, characterized as a “total loss,” were slightly more than a quarter million dollars, RCMP said.

Article ID# 1643560

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Truck with boat attached involved in accident in Bourne, MA

Truck with boat attached involved in accident in Bourne, MA

(NECN) - A person has been injured in Bourne, Massachusetts when a truck they were driving with a boat attached crashed into the median strip and woods on Route 28 North.

The accident happened early Saturday morning at about 4 AM and Bourne firefighters were investigating the scene.

The male operator of the truck was taken to Falmouth Hospital with unknown injuries.

An approximate 25 foot boat being towed by the truck came off of its trailer as a result of the crash.

One lane of traffic on Rt. 28 was closed for approximately 1 hour while the boat and truck were being removed.

Bourne police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Photo and Story by David G. Curran

Photo Courtesy: David Curran

Horse Accidentially Dragged To Death

Horse Accidentially Dragged To Death

Sonora, CA -- Monday evening a horse was accidentally dragged to death.

Police Department officers contacted the owner of the horse and driver of the vehicle. The driver related that she and her daughters had been riding at a friend's ranch on Jamestown Rd.

After riding the two girls loaded the horses in the horse trailer. This time the driver did not check to make sure the trailer had been properly secured.

According to the S.P.D. the horse fell out of the trailer and was dragged for several miles before the driver was aware of what had transpired at the intersection of Stockton Rd. and Washington St.

The Fire Department and the Public Works Department took care of the cleanup after the horse had been removed.

Chief Mark Stinson adds that the investigation continues into why for such an extended period of time the driver did not realize what had happened.

Stinson commented that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol/drugs at the time of the incident.

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