Saturday, June 26, 2010

Loose Trailer

SA Roadlink in hot water again
Eyewitness News 6 Hours Ago
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Western Cape traffic officials said on Saturday the driver of an SA Roadlink bus involved in an incident near Beaufort West may face various charges.
The bus was towing a trailer on Friday night when it became detached. The trailer then smashed into a barrier. Forutnately no one was hurt in the incident.
Provincial traffic’s Kenny Africa said the trailer was found to be unroadworthy.
Roadlink buses have been involved in several accidents on the Cape’s roads in recent months. The Provincial Transport Department is still considering taking action against the company.
“We took the bus, as well as the trailer, to the testing station. They were then taken off the road because there were no brakes on the trailer and [they had] smooth tyres,” he said.
(Edited by Deshnee Subramany)

Man airlifted to Nassau following Freak Accident in Governor’s Harbour

The Eleutheran - Eleuthera News, Sport and much more from Eleuthera: Man airlifted to Nassau following Freak Accident in Governor’s Harbour
Man airlifted to Nassau following Freak Accident in Governor’s Harbour
admin on 25 June, 2010

(Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera) - The Bay Front at Governor’s Harbour was the
scene of what appeared to be a freak accident, which left one man injured and
others badly shaken.
At about 9:55 am on Thursday June 25th, police were informed of the accident
that occurred on the main road going north out of Governor’s Harbour, just
prior to reaching the Levy Clinic.
Tony Gierzewski, of Governor’s Harbour was traveling south in a gold Ford
Ranger with a trailer and boat in tow. Glen Edwards of Tarpum Bay, along with a
front seat passenger, Kenrick Cartwright, also of Tarpum Bay, were traveling in
the opposite direction in a grey Dodge Durango, when according to witnesses, the
trailer broke off the Ranger and slammed into the front passenger cabin of the
Durango, shattering the front windshield and tearing back a portion of the roof.
Close-up of damaged vehicle
Cartwright who was seated exactly where a chunk of the trailer got lodged,
reportedly received injuries to his head and arm and was taken immediately to
the Levy Clinic before being taken by medevac to the Capital, Nassau, for
further treatment.
At press time, the exact nature of his condition was not known.
Trailer, boat and damaged vehicle along the harbour.
Mr. Gierzewski (left) inspects the detached trailer.

Motorcyclist killed in collision with boat in Burnett County

Motorcyclist killed in collision with boat in Burnett County
Mon, 06/21/2010 - 4:52pm Mon, 06/21/2010 - 4:52pm
-->Submitted by Jon Ellis

FOX 21 News
WEBB LAKE, Wis. - A motorcyclist from the Twin Cities was killed when his bike collided with an out-of-control boat trailer on Saturday afternoon.
The crash happened on County Highway H and Oak Lake Road in the Town of Scott at 12:21 p.m. The Burnett County Sheriff's Department said a northbound truck towing a boat trailer was attempting to pass another vehicle when the driver lost control.
The boat swung into the southbound lane and struck a motorcycle driven by Christopher Brock, 40, of Andover, Minn. Brock, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene of the crash.
The truck towing the boat was driven by a 73-year-old man from Kieler, Wis. Authorities are investigating and have not decided whether to file charges.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Travel trailer demolished in accident

Travel trailer demolished in accident

Published Saturday June 19th, 2010

Tammy Scott-Wallace/Telegraph-Journal
A travel trailer lies in ruins on a highway median after an accident just outside Sussex around noon on Friday. The driver of a black pickup truck was towing the trailer when the trailer blew a tire, causing him to lose control. The driver, who works for a Rothesay Avenue RV dealership, had just finished delivering a new travel trailer to Sussex and was returning the owner's 1991 trailer to the dealership as a trade-in when the accident happened. When the tire blew, the trailer went out of control and turned, causing the truck (seen in the photo) pulling the trailer to travel on two wheels a short distance along Route 1. The trailer became detached from the pickup truck and rolled into the ditch, breaking apart and dumping its contents onto the median of the busy highway. The accident happened just outside the eastern edge of Sussex town limits.

News Boat crashes into bus shelter in Newbiggin

Boat crashes into bus shelter in Newbiggin

Boat crashes into bus shelter in Newbiggin
Posted by The Journal on Jun 17, 10 04:44 PM in News
A pub landlady has told of the bizarre moment when she looked out of the window of her flat and saw a fishing boat careering down the main street.
Carol Dawson couldn't believe her eyes when she saw the vessel 'sailing' along the main road in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Amazingly, it missed colliding with cars parked on either side of the road before hitting a bus shelter and coming to a halt.

The 14ft fibreglass boat was on the back of a trailer which had become detached from the car which was towing it in the coastal village on Tuesday night.

A group of men in three vehicles tried to straighten a bent supporting pole in the shelter before re-attaching the boat and trailer to a car and heading off for the nearby beach.

Carol, who is licensee of the Cresswell Arms in Newbiggin's High Street, contacted police who came out and spoke to those involved in the incident.

She was sitting at her computer in the pub's upstairs flat at about 9.50pm when she heard a noise which sounded like a car overturning.

Carol went on: "I looked out and saw this boat going along the street on the back of a trailer, which had obviously come loose from a car, and banging on the road.

"I think it must have been tied to the car with a bit of string which snapped. I couldn't believe it because it just looked so unreal to see a boat sailing along the street on its own. It then hit the bus stop and the pole must have moved about eight inches to a foot because of the impact.
"I phoned the police because the bus shelter was unsafe. The whole thing was unreal and my husband Jimmy and I wondered if we were seeing things. We had a laugh but if there had been anyone in the bus shelter they would have been squashed."

A Northumbria Police spokesman said it appeared the incident had happened while the vehicle, trailer and boat were reversing near Church Point.

"Officers attended and there was no lasting damage to the bus shelter," he added.
Have you got a picture of the runaway boat? Contact the Newsdesk on (0191) 201 6446

Hazardous material spill closes Highway 70 for nearly 3 hours

Hazardous material spill closes Highway 70 for nearly 3 hours

Hazardous material spill closes Highway 70 for nearly 3 hours (Cathy Locke)
Posted: 06/17/2010 6:52 PM

By Cathy Locke
Highway 70 was closed to all traffic for about three hours this afternoon because of a hazardous material spill.
Marysville police and firefighters were called to the 1500 block of B Street, part of Highway 70, about 12:33 p.m. after a chemical was reported leaking from a commercial vehicle. Police reported that a tank truck containing 1,500 gallons of aqueous ammonia was spilling the chemical onto the highway.
Nearby residents and businesses were evacuated as a safety precaution.
The tank truck had been traveling south on B Street when the driver noticed that the trailer he had been hauling had detached from the tank truck, according to a Police Department news release. After becoming detached, the trailer slid forward causing damage to a valve that protruded to the rear of the truck. The damage to the valve caused approximately 250 gallons of aqueous ammonia to spill onto the highway, police reported.
The tanker was being operated under the authority of the Tremont Group, based in Woodland, the news release said.
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Crash closed I-80 again...Camper Trailer Detached

Crash closed I-80 again

POSTED: May 26, 2010

LIBERTY Two people were injured after a camper trailer detached from a pickup truck which then overturned Tuesday evening, bringing Interstate 80 traffic to a standstill for a second day in a row.

Dorothy Treible, 71, of Pierceton, Ind., was flown by helicopter to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she was treated for a severe injury to her right arm and other moderate injuries, according to the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The eastbound lanes were shut down for more than an hour, and the westbound lanes were shut down for about 30 minutes to allow the helicopter to land, a Trumbull County 911 supervisor said. Traffic was backed up for more than three miles, according to one witness.

Treible's husband, Bryan, 70, was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth for treatment of moderate injuries, a patrol report states. Both were listed in stable condition Tuesday night.
The Treibles were traveling east on I-80 about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in a 2002 Ford F-250 pulling a camper trailer. The trailer swayed when Bryan Treible, the driver, attempted to change lanes, then detached and overturned on the roadside when the pickup swerved.

The pickup truck went off the right side of the roadway, hit a guardrail and overturned down an embankment, according to the patrol.

The crash was about a mile west of the state Route 7 exit and three miles west of the Interstate 680 exchange. A supervisor at the Trumbull County 911 Center said it also was about one mile west of the area where a triple-fatality crash occurred Monday afternoon.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, eastbound traffic was merging heading into a construction zone when an SUV was sandwiched between two tractor-trailer rigs when the rear one did not stop for stalled traffic. All three people in the SUV died.

That section of the interstate was closed for about six hours, trapping cars that were between exits.

Driver hurt when SUV towing trailer overturns on Rt. 287

June 12, 2010

RIVERDALE — A SUV and the camper trailer it was pulling overturned on Route 287 North around 12:15 p.m. Saturday, entrapping the driver, state police said.

The accident occurred when the driver, who was alone in his vehicle, hit a bump, causing the trailer to come loose.The driver was extricated by firefighters and was airlifted to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for a broken arm and released, officials said. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, no one else was injured and no summonses were issued.
Traffic was backed up some four miles along Route 287 and delayed one hour, as just one lane was open. The name of the driver was not made public at press time.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pruett did not use any safety chains to ensure that the trailer remained attached to the truck.

Posted On: June 15, 2010 by The Berniard Law Firm

Tragic Auto Accident in Morehouse Parish Illustrates Insurance Coverage Requirements for Substitute Vehicles

Imagine the following scenario: you are involved in a fender-bender in the parking lot of the grocery store. Your car is taken to the body shop for repairs. Since you need transportation to get to work and other places in the mean time, you rent a car from the local agency. When picking up the car, you'll no doubt be offered liability insurance through the agency--at an additional cost, of course. There may also be coverage available through the credit card you use to pay for the rental. And then there is the policy you maintain on your regular car. Does it extend coverage to the rental?

Louisiana law recognizes a "temporary substitute vehicle," which is commonly defined by insurance companies as a short-term substitute for a car that is out of service due to breakdown, repair, servicing, theft, or destruction. State statute requires automobile insurance companies to "extend to temporary substitute motor vehicles ... any and all such insurance coverage in effect in the original policy." La. R.S. 22:681. In other words, the auto insurer must provide the same coverage to the rental car as was already in place on the regular vehicle.

The recent case of Smith v. Louisiana Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company, No. 45,013, Ct. of App. of La., 2d Cir. (2010), explored the definition of "temporary substitute vehicle" in detail. On the morning of May 28, 2005, Brian Smith was driving a 2003 Nissan Altima on U.S. Highway 425 in Morehouse Parish. At the same time, Joshua Pruett was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck on the highway in the opposite direction. Pruett's truck was pulling a utility trailer containing crawfish and ice that had been loaded in Crowley. The ball on the truck's trailer hitch was too small for the trailer and Pruett did not use any safety chains to ensure that the trailer remained attached to the truck. The trailer eventually disconnected from the truck, at which point it crossed the highway's center line and collided with Smith's Altima. Smith died at the scene from the severe trauma he sustained in the accident.

Ordinarily, Pruett hauled crawfish for his employer, Broubar, Inc., in a larger Dodge pickup truck that is equipped with a refrigeration cooler biult into its bed. However, on the day of the accident, the larger truck was being repaired, so Pruett's employer substituted the smaller truck. The smaller truck could not hold a cooler for the crawfish in its bed, and so the utility trailer was used instead.

One of the issues before the court on appeal was whether Pruett's truck and trailer, together, would be considered a "temporary substitute vehicle" for purposes of insurance coverage. The insurance carrier who issued the policy for Pruett's usual truck argued that the trial court erroneously treated the truck and trailer as a single unit. However, the Court of Appeals noted that

in order for the [smaller] Dodge to function as a temporary substitute vehicle for the [larger] Dodge, it needed to pull a trailer that could hold a cooler to keep the crawfish refrigerated... Accordingly, we find no error in the trial court's conclusion that the [smaller] Dodge truck and the trailer together constituted a temporary substitute vehicle operating as a single unit.

The Smith case demonstrates the willingness of Louisiana courts to interpret the "temporary substitute vehicle" concept broadly in a way that can significantly benefit plaintiffs. If insurance coverage is not extended to temporary substitute vehicles, a motorist who is injured by a driver operating a substitute vehicle could seek damages only from the vehicle's owner. Even in a situation like the Smith case, where a corporation owned the vehicle, the owner may not have sufficient assets to fully compensate the victim. By extending insurance coverage whenever possible, the courts make it more likely that an accident victim can be made whole.

If you have been injured in a car accident, call the Berniard Law Firm toll-free at 1-866-574-8005 to speak with an attorney who can help.

Loose Trailer Chemical Spill In Washtenaw County

Chemical Spill In Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County Hazmat crews and the Augusta Fire Department spent Friday morning cleaning up a chemical spill on Willis Road, east of Stony Creek.

Michigan State Police Trooper Josh Reeber said the chemical, anhydrous ammonia, was realeased when a crop service trailer unhitched and rolled over into a field.

It took more than two hours for the crews to get the small chemical spill under control Friday morning.

Reeber said the chemical is not lethal in small quantities, but can be tricky to deal with if inhaled in large amounts.

Reeber said officers dealing with anhydrous ammonia is a concern.

"We've had officers who have died when they opened a trunk and there was a meth lab, and they opened the container. The anhydrous ammonia comes out and just from inhaling it it can attack their lungs and they can die instantly," he said.

Reeber said there was no need to evacuate nearby homes, but because the wind was traveling in a southeast direction residents in a half mile radius were advised of the situation.

Reeber said officials decided that it was a small enough leak that they weren't concerned that it would travel through the air and cause harm.

The Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Response Team is on the scene of a rollover accident that dumped a reported 1,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia near Willis Road in Augusta Township.

Willis Road is closed between Hitchingham and Stony Creek Road. The truck rolled over west of Pittman Road.

No further details were available at noon.

Trailer leads truck to flip on interstate

Billy W. Hobbs/Staff
Two Augusta men were injured when the driver of this pickup truck lost control on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County.

Two men who work for the Salvation Army in Augusta managed to escape serious injuries after they were involved in a wreck on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County.

Trooper First Class Mike Callaway of the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown identified the victims as: William Lee Welch, of the 800 block of Heard Avenue in Augusta, and Henry Ross, formerly of Thomson, who now is living in Augusta.

The victims, who received various visible injuries, were treated at the scene by personnel with the McDuffie County Emergency Medical Services and firefighters/first responders with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Services. They were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Augusta where they were treated and released.

Trooper First Class Willie Ramsey said Mr. Welch was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a Salvation Army trailer eastbound along I-20 shortly before 12:30 p.m. last Thursday.

"The trailer got loose with him and caused him to lose control of the pickup," Trooper Ramsey said.

The pickup then turned over at least once.

The victims, who were both seat-belted, managed to crawl out of the truck Medical personnel discovered the victims sitting on an embankment overlooking the passing traffic.

The pickup truck along with the trailer sustained extensive damages in the crash.

Web posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Loose boat trailer runs into house

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No one hurt when boat runs into house off Old Dalton Road

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The coupling of a trailer holding a boat came loose Wednesday afternoon, sending the boat into a home at 12 Mark St., off Old Dalton Road, said Floyd County Police Officer Buddy Parris.

The driver, Renderal Adams, 30, of Rome, was driving south when the incident occurred, Parris said.

No one was injured.

Trailer towing bill to be drafted...we're ready to Help!

Trailer towing bill to be drafted


GREEN BAY (WFRV) - A recent accident in our area has lawmakers calling for tougher regulations on towing trailers.

You may remember 19 year old, Whitney Rodder from Kiel died last month when a trailer from a pick-up truck came loose and hit her car.

Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay says he has found the State can do more to make sure these type of accidents don't happen.

He hopes to draft a bill by January that will make towing regulations stiffer.

Trailer broke loose from the vehicle

John C. Crosby was towing the University of Utah's Army ROTC trailer on I-15 when the trailer broke loose from the vehicle and took him for a wild, short ride. Thankfully, the safety chains held in place. He came to a stop in the right lane, then called his boss and asked that he send someone with another pin to secure the hitch. About that time, two men had stopped behind him and asked what they could do to help. When he told them what the problem was, one of the men went to his truck and brought back a pin. He and his companion lifted the trailer back into the receiver, secured the pin and Crosby was on his way. As he was leaving, he noticed a Salt Lake County Sheriff sticker on his savior's rear window.

Runaway trailer unhinges chaos

The runaway trailer that sparked chaos at the bottom of the Toowoomba Range last night.

A RUNAWAY trailer sparked a series of incidents at the bottom of the Toowoomba Range last night.

The trailer was being towed by a Toyota Land Cruiser when it became unhinged at the bottom of the Range in the eastward-bound lanes about 7.25pm.

It came to a stop in the outside lane before three vehicles collided with it.

A Hyundai Excel Sprint, the first vehicle to collide with the trailer, and a Nissan Maxima sedan sustained the worst of the damage.

None of the occupants of the vehicles were injured. The eastward-bound lanes were closed for about 25 minutes as emergency crews cleared the scene.

Trailer dislodges on I-40

Trailer dislodges on I-40

Traffic affected

Updated: Friday, 28 May 2010, 3:10 PM MDT
Published : Friday, 28 May 2010, 3:10 PM MDT

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Interstate 40 near Rio Grande was severely congested after a camper separated from the truck hauling it on Friday afternoon.

A Ford truck carrying a trailer was traveling in the eastbound lanes of I-40 when the truck suffered a blowout.

The camper was then dislodged and made its way into the westbound lanes.

A few other vehicles were damaged by the runaway trailer.

Traffic was severely congested in both lanes while police cleaned up and investigated the crash.

Detached U-Haul Trailer Strikes, Kills Pittsburgh Artist

Detached U-Haul Trailer Strikes, Kills Pittsburgh Artist

Family, Friends Mourn Wood Sculptor

Police in Pittsburgh said a trailer came loose from a passing pickup truck and struck an artist who was carving a wooden sculpture in the city's Larimer neighborhood.Authorities said John Metzler, 46, was using a chainsaw and wearing heavy ear protection when the small U-Haul trailer broke free from the passing truck along Washington Boulevard.Police said the truck hit a divot in the road and the trailer detached, hitting Metzler as he carved the sculpture Thursday night at his Urban Tree Forge studio in the East Liberty neighborhood.Metzler was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital, where he later died from his injuries.Police questioned the driver, but did not file charges.

They are still investigating the cause of the accident and are trying to determine if the trailer was properly attached to the truck.Metzler’s father, Fred Metzler, said his son started Urban Tree Forge two years ago.“It was his life,” Fred Metzler said Friday. “He loved nature. He loved trees. He loved just being. He loved life and, I guess, most of all, he loved his friends.”On Friday, friends and co-workers gathered at the workshop to pay tribute to John Metzler. They placed flowers in front of the workshop and hung a T-shirt by the front door.

“We have employees and he had a lot of friends and a lot of customers that were in the midst of dealing with him," Fred Metzler said.“He was a personal friend,” said Jim Fowkes. “He was a real great guy, always there when you needed him.”