Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Runaway Trailer Hits Motorcycle


Published Thursday, July 6, 2006
LAKE WALES

Runaway Trailer Hits Motorcycle



Two people escaped with only minor injuries when the motorcycle on which they were riding was hit by a runaway trailer.

According to Lake Wales police reports, Robert Kilgore, 47, of 228 Chauser Lane, Winter Haven, was riding his motorcycle south on Scenic Highway near Burns Avenue about 5 p.m. Tuesday when a trailer became dislodged from a northbound vehicle driven by Jerrell McKinley Wilson, 18, of 2206 Karen St., Lake Wales.

The trailer struck the motorcycle, knocking it over.

Kilgore and passenger, Sandra Kilgore, suffered scrapes and bruises, but were not seriously injured, police said.

Police said a safety chain for the trailer was not attached.

Charges are pending.

Woman, Nephew OK After Bad Wreck LOOSE TRAILER

LEXINGTON
Woman, Nephew OK After Bad Wreck

May 29, 2007 02:49 PM

Police say seatbelts helped a woman and her six-year-old nephew escaped serious injuries after their car flipped on its roof after hitting a trailer that detached from a truck Tuesday morning.

The accident happened at about 10 a.m. on Versailles Road near New Circle Road. Police say Mary Pochiba's car went airborne after hitting the trailer, which came loose from the back of a truck hauling it in the opposite direction on Versailles Road. Officers say Pochiba didn't have time to miss the oncoming trailer.

Pochiba, 45, is listed in fair condition at UK Hospital tonight. Her nephew was not hurt.

The truck's driver, Melvin Weber of Versailles, may be cited in the accident.

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Marysville, California's $10-Million Camera Knocked Over By a loose TRAILER

Marysville, California's $10-Million Camera Knocked Over
Man claims destruction of high-profit red light camera in Marysville, California was an accident.

Marysville CameraAfter just one month of issuing tickets, Marysville, California's lone, high-profit red light camera has been knocked out of commission. The device had generated $711,550 in revenue in its first 18 days of operation, meaning the city was on track to generate $10 million from the device over the course of a year.

Rio Oso resident Joe Cabral has stalled the city's revenue plans. While returning from Home Depot in his Ford F250 pickup, he lost control of his flatbed trailer loaded with paving stones. The trailer cut loose, knocked over the camera and came to a stop without doing further damage.

Police say it will take weeks to replace the camera, meaning as much as a million dollars in lost revenue from the camera.

Article Excerpt:
"Hopefully this doesn't turn into a big, ugly thing," said Joe Cabral of Rio Oso, owner of the runaway flatbed trailer. "Somebody could have been hurt."
Source: Trailer breaks red light camera (Marysville Appeal-Democrat (CA), 7/2/2005)

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A Kingston man was killed Monday morning when a trailer struck his car on U.S. 377 about two miles south of Fittstown.

FITTSTOWN -- A Kingston man was killed Monday morning when a trailer struck his car on U.S. 377 about two miles south of Fittstown.

Boyd Shipley, 46, was pronounced dead at the accident scene, which occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Shipley was driving north when a trailer came loose from a southbound tractor-trailer rig and struck his car, troopers said.

The truck driver, Mark Reimer, 39, of Prague, was not injured.

Contributing: Staff Writers Susan Simpson and Jay F. Marks

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Trip to Jerome ends in near tragedyAll of a sudden, she noticed two tires came loose from the flatbed trailer up ahead loaded with lumber and appeared

Trip to Jerome ends in near tragedy
By Linda Bentley
DESERT FOOTHILLS – Jayne Friedman, a real estate agent with Windermere Realty, heard so much about Jerome from neighbors since she relocated to the Desert Foothills, she’d been itching to make the trip for months.
Friedman finally decided to go when her friend Phyllis Korman came to visit from Toronto. They went for a day trip on Wednesday, Nov. 1.
Although they found most of the shops in Jerome are closed on Wednesdays, Friedman said the scenery was beautiful and they enjoyed their lunch at the Haunted Hamburger.
After a pleasant day walking around the mining town, Friedman said they headed back home.
Headed south on I-17, Friedman drove while Korman napped in the passenger seat.
All of a sudden, she noticed two tires came loose from the flatbed trailer up ahead loaded with lumber and appeared to be flying in her direction.
Terrified, Friedman attempted to dodge the tires and saw one bounce off the freeway and down an embankment.
Then there was a huge crash and Friedman said, “There was glass everywhere.” It looked like a meteor hit the passenger side of her windshield.
Korman was now wide awake, and Friedman’s fear was turning to anger as the driver of the tire-spewing trailer continued driving.
Friedman drove up along the side of the truck, which said “GRP Trucking” and started honking her horn, trying to get the driver’s attention.
The driver ignored her and kept on driving. She called 911.
Hoping to see a Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer respond soon, she noticed the driver was pulling off the freeway.
She got off too, rushed out in front of the truck and blocked him off.
She called to find out how long it would be before an officer would respond. She was told it might be a while because it was rush hour.
And, even though the 911 operator told her not to get out of the car she was so angry about almost being killed by a driver who didn’t care enough to stop, she got out and confronted him.
Friedman said the driver, Guadalupe Rios, told her he didn’t know anything happened.
When the DPS officer finally arrived, Friedman said he told her, “We don’t take reports on broken windshields.” Friedman said she was incensed.
Here was a commercial truck driver, who had faulty equipment that nearly killed her and Korman and who attempted to abscond afterwards, but the DPS officer had no desire to take a report.
When the DPS officer noted some damage to Friedman’s side view mirror, he decided to take a report.
The copy of the report he provided Friedman only gives personal and insurance information about Rios and Friedman plus Korman’s name and address as a witness.
There was nothing written up about what occurred, unless it was to be done later in a supplemental report.
The information on the report about Rios is interesting.
His driver license is from Arizona, the address he provided is an apartment in Phoenix with no phone number.
However, his 1994 Volvo tractor is licensed in Oklahoma.
He claimed the flatbed trailer he was pulling, which is licensed in Arizona, was not his, although no ownership information was provided.
He claimed his insurance carrier was Old West, but didn’t have a policy number, only a binder.
Although the DPS officer wouldn’t permit Rios to leave with the trailer, he allowed Rios to leave, apparently without citing him.
Sonoran News was unable to locate any record of a citation being issued and calls to DPS were not returned.
What Sonoran News did learn was Rios has been cited for a variety of traffic offenses over the past few years, compounded with citations for expired registration, no proof of financial responsibility, no valid license, operation in violation of restrictions or class and plenty of failures to appear.
He’s been pulled over in Quartzsite, Nogales, Tucson and Yuma.
In July 2005, an arrest warrant was issued for Rios when he failed to appear in Phoenix Municipal Court after he was cited for shoplifting.
There’s more. Rios is not eligible to have his license reinstated after a medical revocation in August 2005.
While MVD records reveal his license was only revoked through Sept. 6, 2005, a call to MVD confirmed Rios’ license was still revoked because he had not paid his reinstatement fee and MVD will not reinstate his license until he clears up a matter in California. The Level 2 MVD employee then provided the phone number for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Sacramento, Calif. for further information.
MVD stated he is currently not allowed to drive in either Arizona or California.
His license was still revoked when he was involved in the Nov. 2 accident, and there was a warrant for his arrest when the DPS officer let him go.
Then there’s Old West Insurance.
Actually, there’s no such insurance company as Old West Insurance. Old West Insurance Services is an insurance agency.
Shane at Old West said she was surprised the DPS officer accepted an insurance agent’s name instead of an insurance company and insisted Rios was insured by Canal Insurance under the name GRP Trucking. However, she also said they had not yet received a policy number from Canal, and she didn’t know how long that ordinarily takes.
His binder indicates Oct.
19 as the beginning date of his policy. However, it would seem odd that an insurance company such as Canal, which has been in business since 1958, would suddenly decide to provide insurance to commercial drivers with revoked licenses in two states.
Last, there’s GRP Trucking, an entity for which there is no record of any corporation, LLC, partnership or trade name registered in Arizona.
After learning about Rios’ abysmal driving record, revoked license, shoplifting arrest and warrant, Friedman wasn’t sure who made her angrier, Rios or the DPS officer, who should have been able to discover most of this about Rios in less than the five minutes it took the Sonoran News.
Then again, DPS states: “We’re hiring” on the home page of its Web site.
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If you have ever had a trailer break loose off your trailer hitch before you will relate to my story. Today was my first

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If you have ever had a trailer break loose off your trailer hitch before you will relate to my story. Today was my first and hopefully only experience with this. I have been pulling trailers for many years and have always hooked up the trailer and checked all of the safety chains and alike. Yesterday evening I rented a U-haul to help one of my employees� move some house hold items and the U-haul representative hooked up the trailer to my Suburban. I looked at the chains and everything looked good. I traveled 90 miles to pick up her belongings and returned last night without any problems. I parked the trailer still hooked up to the Suburban last night and this morning I was returning it back to Venice. I did not even think of rechecking the trailer when I departed, which was the first time and the last I will ever do that again. It was raining and is still raining from a tropical depression passing over.

I was just a mile from my destination to drop off the trailer and in heavy traffic driving in the left lane traveling at 45 mph on a curve when I hit a bump in the road and the trailer let loose. The trailer was swinging back and forth and rocking my Suburban bad. I could only think that this is going to be a bad accident. I knew it was just a matter of seconds before I heard the crashing sounds and the uneasy feeling of loosing control of my vehicle. I held on tight and remarkably nobody got hurt. Cars where scrambling all over the highway while they were breaking to avoid my unfortunate situation.

The trailer rolled forward into the back of my Suburban and then bounced back before the trailer brakes took hold. I had my vehicle in the median and I finally came to a stop. My heart was pounding and I was getting the shakes when I stepped out to see the damage. I looked at the traffic to see if anyone was involved. After that I looked to see what happened and why the trailer broke loose. This is what happened. The ball lock was unscrewed. I knew right then that I made a big mistake by not checking the connection before I left.

I have learned a few things about trailer brakes today. One, the brake chain or cable needs to be shorter than the safety chains for it to work if the trailer breaks loose. Secondly, if the trailer is loose and is not heading in the same direction as the tow vehicle when the brakes are activated the ability to control the tow vehicle is just about gone.

I will always make my own connection and will never trust my safety in the hands of someone else without double-checking.

Don

Accident on Route 52 shuts down causeway

Accident on Route 52 shuts down causeway
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2007
From Press staff reports

The Route 52 Causeway between Somers Point and Ocean City was closed for about 30 minutes Saturday afternoon after a trailer detached from a pickup truck and collided with a car, Ocean City police said.

The driver of the car, Lynn Matthews, of Egg Harbor Township, and three occupants were transported to Shore Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. Matthews suffered injuries to her face and left wrist. The driver of the truck, Walter Kasparites, of Egg Harbor City, was not injured, authorities said.

The truck, which had a landscaping trailer attached, was traveling west on Route 52 when the trailer detached, crossing the eastbound lane and colliding with the car on the driver's side, shattering the window, police said. The trailer and the car were towed from the scene, police said.

A trailer detached from a truck traveling on Route 52 Saturday and crossed into oncoming traffic.

April 25, 2007
By COLUMB HIGGINS
Staff Writer

OCEAN CITY – A trailer detached from a truck traveling on Route 52 Saturday and crossed into oncoming traffic.
The bridge was closed for less than 30 minutes because of the accident. Traffic backed up into Ocean City and Somers Point for a short time.
Police said a landscaping trailer came unhitched from a truck traveling west on the causeway, which will be replaced in coming years. The trailer crossed into the southbound lanes and hit the car of Lynn Matthews, a resident of Egg Harbor Township, on the driver’s side and shattering the window.
Three people occupied the car. They were all transported to Shore Memorial Hospital with minor injures.
The driver of the truck, Walter Kasparites, was not injured in the accident. The trailer and the car were towed from the scene before the causeway was reopened to traffic.
Earlier this month a three-car accident also closed the causeway for a short period of time.
No traffic pattern changes are expected on the causeway. State Department of Transportation officials have said all four lanes will be opened by Memorial Day weekend and remain open for the summer, hopefully cutting down on delays and accidents.

Troopers say a trailer carrying trash became unhitched from a truck, slammed into a concrete barrier around 2150 South 5600 West, and then barreled in






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KSL News) Troopers say a trailer carrying trash became unhitched from a truck, slammed into a concrete barrier around 2150 South 5600 West, and then barreled into a Jeep.


Two people were injured in the accident and were taken to the hospital.

West Valley City Police Sgt. Dusten Hansen says if you are going to tow something, make sure to use safety chains and cover your load. He also says it's against the law if you don't.


The driver in this case will likely be cited.

Chevy truck when the trailer he was hauling

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, February 10, 2006

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachmen

Location: Faribanks
Case number: 06-5504
Type: Motor Vehicle Collision
Text: On 1/20/06 at 1313 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a
motor vehicle collision at College Road and Alaska Way. Investigation
revealed Thomas Graham, age 58, of Fairbanks, was traveling eastbound
on College in a 1999 Chevy truck when the trailer he was hauling
dislodged itself and rolled freely down the street. Kyoko Oyama, age
33, of Fairbanks, was traveling westbound on College in a 2000 Dodge
Neon when the loose trailer came across the lane divide and collided
with her car. No injuries were reported at the scene. Graham was cited
at the scene. Estimated damage to the Neon: $2500. The Neon was towed
by I-Tow.
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Hit and Run Near Lake Wylie LOOSE TRAILER




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7/15/2006 - Hit and Run Near Lake Wylie

Officers need your help in locating the driver of a pickup truck that caused a very serious traffic accident, and then fled the accident scene.

On July 15, 2006, the male driver of a black or dark blue, 1980’s model Ford F150 truck was towing a trailer on Hwy 49, near Lake Wylie. On the trailer was an older model 4-weeler that was in poor condition and it appeared to have had parts removed from it. The trailer was homemade and consisted of metal beams and mobile home axles; the trailer was also in poor condition. This trailer came lose from the truck towing it and stuck another vehicle. According to witnesses, the driver of the truck turned around as if to come back to the accident, but then he fled, leaving the 60 year-old driver of the other vehicle pinned in her crushed car. The victim was air lifted with life threatening injuries.

An 18-year-old woman died Tuesday after her car was struck by a runaway utility trailer on U.S. Highway 95.



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An 18-year-old woman died Tuesday after her car was struck by a runaway utility trailer on U.S. Highway 95.

Kathryn G. Soltau of Coeur d'Alene was driving north on Highway 95 just south of Mica Bay at about 8:30 a.m. As her 1999 Pontiac Grand Am rounded a curve, it struck the runaway trailer head-on, according to Idaho State Police.

The trailer had detached from a southbound lift truck driven by Fred Ritzheimer, 41, of Coeur d'Alene. The truck, registered to Pro Set Trailer Erectors, was hauling two welders, an oxygen tank and an acetylene tank, the ISP said.

Trooper Rick Yeend said the curve in the highway sent the detached trailer into the path of Soltau's car. She tried unsuccessfully to avoid hitting the trailer by driving onto the highway's shoulder, Yeend said.

A fire crew from Mica-Kidd Island was first to respond to the scene and found Soltau unconscious. Then, Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai Fire District personnel extracted her from the car and rushed her to Kootenai Medical Center. She died several hours later, ISP said.


Fuel from the larger of the two welding machines leaked into near- by Mica Creek, but crews worked quickly to clean it up. The amount of fuel that leaked into the creek was minimal, Yeend said.

Sherry Mundt, one of the first emergency workers at the scene, said Tuesday's wreck wasn't the first she's seen on that stretch of Mica Hill.

"This was a freak accident," Mundt said. "This is a cursed place down here."

Highway 95 is notorious for its dangerous curves and narrow lanes. Soltau is the 20th person to die this year on the highway. Last year, 24 people had died in accidents on the highway by September.

Boy, 6, killed when hit by utility trailer

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Boy, 6, killed when hit by utility trailer

Friday, April 28, 2000

Burlington -- A 6-year-old boy riding a bicycle Thursday afternoon was run over and killed by a utility trailer being backed up to unload construction equipment.

The utility trailer was moving in reverse in the 100 block of S. Pine St. and ran over the boy at 1:10 p.m., according to the Burlington Police Department.

The boy was pronounced dead at 1:44 p.m. and was not being identified Thursday night.

Burlington police are still investigating the accident.

A four-year-old girl has died after the trailer she was riding on behind an all-terrain-vehicle became detached and flipped.

The StarPhoenix

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A four-year-old girl has died after the trailer she was riding on behind an all-terrain-vehicle became detached and flipped.

The girl was riding on a utility trailer with a three-year-old and 10-year-old child Monday on the Ahtahkakoop First Nation. The trailer was being pulled behind a 400cc ATV driven by an 11-year-old boy.

RCMP say the trailer overturned after becoming detached from the ATV.

Montgomery woman dies from injuries in Martin County crash

May 01, 2007 11:50 am - EVANSVILLE — A Montgomery woman seriously injured in an accident Thursday has died.

Montgomery woman dies from injuries in Martin County crash


By Sally Petty, Staff Writer

EVANSVILLE — A Montgomery woman seriously injured in an accident Thursday has died.


Vanderburgh County coroner Don Erk said this morning that Catherine Graber, 66, died at 11:26 a.m. Monday of multiple blunt force trauma caused by the accident.

Catherine’s husband, Henry, was driving a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup pulling a utility trailer on SR 150 east of Windom Road in Martin County on Thursday when the truck left the road and ran into a creek containing 1 inch of water.

The truck became disconnected from the trailer and rolled over, coming to rest on the driver’s side in the creek.

Henry Graber was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected 20 feet from the truck. Catherine Graber, a paraplegic due to multiple sclerosis, was trapped inside the truck. Shoals volunteer firefighters had to extricate her from the truck.

Martin County Ambulance Service transported both Grabers to the Shoals Fire Department, where Air Evac met the ambulance and flew them to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

Henry Graber was listed in good condition at Deaconess on Friday following the accident, but had been scheduled for hip surgery on Monday.

Erk said Catherine Graber had multiple injuries throughout her body, including on her face and internally, and that her multiple sclerosis probably did not contribute to her death.

Driver killed by unhitched utility trailer

NEW ENGLAND IN BRIEF

Driver killed by unhitched utility trailer

A 24-year-old Salem woman driving a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta on the Lowell Connector was killed yesterday when a utility trailer connected to a tow truck broke free, became airborne, and landed on her car, which was heading in the opposite direction. According to State Police, the accident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. The trailer was being hauled by Patrick Sheehy, 27, of Lowell, police said. Sheehy had picked up the trailer a few minutes before the crash, said Trooper Thomas Ryan. The crash is under investigation, police said. No charges have been filed. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name was withheld pending family notification.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Elderly man sent flying in accident, police say


Elderly man sent flying in accident, police say


The Patriot Ledger
Posted Feb 19, 2008 @ 02:34 AM

HINGHAM —

A 94-year-old Hingham man who was hit by a runaway trailer on Friday afternoon is recovering, police say.

William C. Thomas of Fresh River Avenue was walking on a sidewalk near the intersection of Fresh River Avenue and Fort Hill Street when a lawnmower trailer being illegally towed behind a Nissan Pathfinder came loose and struck him from behind, according to police.

The plastic trailer, intended for pulling by a riding lawnmower, “knocked him into the air,” police Lt. Michael Peraino said.

Several people called 911 after seeing the accident. Thomas was taken to South Shore Hospital by the Hingham Fire Department.

He has returned home, Peraino said.

Although Peraino said the accident is still being investigated, police were planning to file charges against the Pathfinder driver today in Hingham District Court.

The driver was to be charged with operating a vehicle with a revoked license, operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, operating an unregistered vehicle (the trailer), and operating a motor vehicle with an expired inspection sticker, police said.

Andrew Lightman may be reached at alightman@ledger.co

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Man killed in I-25 rollover near Pueblo





Man killed in I-25 rollover near Pueblo
By Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 02/13/2008 10:19:16 AM MST

Highway workers respond to an accident Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy Denver Post reader)

A man was killed when his Grand Cherokee that was towing a trailer rolled on southbound Interstate—25 yesterday afternoon, authorities say.

The identity of the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, has not been confirmed, said Trooper Ryan Sullivan, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol.

The victim, who was driving south about 11 miles north of Pueblo at 12:20 p.m., first drove off the right side of the highway. He turned back onto the highway, overcorrected and his SUV and trailer began to rotate, Sullivan said.

Both the SUV and the trailer rolled onto the median on the left side of the highway.

Patrol officers continue to investigate the crash. No other vehicles were involved, Sullivan said.

Their owner, a 32-year-old man from Deford, says the force of air from a passing semitrailer caused his trailer to separate from its hitch, flip end o


Pigs run loose after livestock trailer topples

MARLETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Map, News) - State highway 53 is hardly Michigan's busiest road, but traffic backed up for miles after about a half-dozen pigs escaped from a wrecked livestock trailer.

Their owner, a 32-year-old man from Deford, says the force of air from a passing semitrailer caused his trailer to separate from its hitch, flip end over end and come to rest on its side before being hit by a car.

The Times Herald of Port Huron says the car's driver, a 52-year-old Port Hope woman, was taken to Marlette Regional Hospital.

One pig died in the accident, and the rest weren't going to fare much better. A bystander towing an empty livestock trailer of his own volunteered to take the pigs to their destination: a game ranch where animals are hunted in a contained area.

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Three men injured in accident


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Three men injured in accident
CONTINENTAL - Three men were injured late Friday afternoon in a two vehicle accident north of Cotinental.

The accident happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday on Road 21, south of the Defiance-Putnam County line.

A Chevy 1500 pickup truck was pulling a trailer with another vehicle on it when the trailer came loose and went into the Northbound lane striking a Ford F-350 pickup.

Injured in the accident were Brad Taddsen, Jerry Ricker and Justin Holland, all of Defiance. Taddsen was transportated from the scene by St. Vincent's Lifeflight. Ricker and Holland were transported by EMS.

EMS squads from Ayersville, Continental, Oakwood and Kalida all assisted at the scene as well as the Continental Fire Department and Kalida Heavy Rescue. One victim had to be freed from his vehicle by heavy rescue. The accident remains under investigation.

Monday, February 18, 2008

trailer comes loose from truck: Collision: Wrongful deaths: Settlement: Postverdict settlement.

trailer comes loose from truck: Collision: Wrongful deaths: Settlement: Postverdict settlement.

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Ferguson v. Ritchie Tractor Co., Tenn., Knox County Cir. Ct., No. 2-60-01, Nov. 15, 2002.

Ferguson, 57, was driving on a roadway. A utility trailer came loose from a pickup truck and veered into Ferguson's lane, striking his vehicle head-on. He suffered fatal injuries. He had been the president of a security company earning approximately $100,000 annually. Ferguson is survived by his wife and two adult children.

Ferguson's wife sued the trailer manufacturer, alleging negligence in the design and manufacture of the trailer. Plaintiff also sued the company that owned and operated the trailer, alleging failure to adequately secure it, in violation of state law requiring safety chains.
The trailer manufacturer settled during trial for a confidential amount. The jury then awarded $5 million, finding the owner of the trailer 60 percent liable, and the manufacturer, 40 percent liable. Plaintiff then settled with the trailer owner for a confidential amount.
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Plaintiff's experts were Robert Lott, mechanical engineering, Nashville, Tenn., and Robert Bohm, economics, Knoxville, Tenn. Defendant's expert was Tyler Kress, mechanical engineering, Knoxville, Tenn.

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*Sidney Gilreath, Knoxville, Tenn.

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A Spring City woman was seriously injured and had to have part of her right leg amputated after a runaway trailer crashed into her car Saturday aftern

By John B. Carpenter
HERALD-NEWS EDITOR

A Spring City woman was seriously injured and had to have part of her right leg amputated after a runaway trailer crashed into her car Saturday afternoon.
Lori Overton, 43, of Spring City, was headed southbound in her 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck on Watts Bar Highway Saturday at about 3:40 p.m. Overton’s 6-year-old daughter was seated beside her in a secured booster seat.
Michael Allen Garrison, 28, also of Spring City was driving an Isuzu pickup truck north on Watts Bar Highway towing a large, double-axle trailer, about 16-18 feet long. The empty trailer’s tongue came off the truck’s ball hitch, and the trailer, which was not secured by safety chains, crossed the center line and crashed into Overton’s truck, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Phillip Dunn.
The trailer’s tongue penetrated the driver’s side of Overton’s truck and badly damaged her right leg. Her truck came to rest against the guardrail, with the trailer in the middle of the road.
Garrison stopped his pickup, got out and checked the damage, then got back in his truck and drove away, Dunn said.
Neither Garrison, nor his passenger, Jennifer McCampbell, 22, of Spring City, was injured in the crash.
Overton and her daughter were both transported by LifeForce medical helicopter to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where surgeons were forced to remove part of Overton’s right leg. She was in serious but stable condition Monday, and her daughter was scheduled to be released after receiving treatment for minor injuries, Dunn said.
Garrison turned himself in at the Rhea County Jail Sunday evening. Dunn arrested him and charged him with driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. Garrison’s arraignment was scheduled for March 30, and he was released from the Rhea County Jail on a $13,000 bond.
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Puget Sound area were riding in formation as part of a motorcycle officer training session when he was struck by a truck pulling a utility trailer th

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — Scott Dilworth, who grew up in Corvallis and now works as a police officer in Lynnwood, Wash., was injured Tuesday night in an incident that investigators are considering a hit-and-run collision.

Dilworth, 33, remained hospitalized Thursday at Harborview Medical Center after sustaining broken bones in the collision. None of the injuries is considered life-threatening. He is the son of John and Julie Dilworth of Corvallis.


According to officials, Scott Dilworth and several other motorcycle officers from the Puget Sound area were riding in formation as part of a motorcycle officer training session when he was struck by a truck pulling a utility trailer that crossed the center line. Another officer, from the city of Snohomish, also was involved and sustained minor injuries.

The suspected driver was arrested and booked by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of felony hit and run and vehicular assault, according to the Lynnwood Police Department.

Wreck stuns Albany campusA 1999 Ford pickup towing a utility trailer, driven by Jason Thompson, 30, of 32990 Highway 43, Independence, was moving sout

Wreck stuns Albany campus

Daily Star City Editor

A memorial ceremony on the campus of Albany High School is planned for Wednesday morning to celebrate the life of AHS senior Dallas Stewart Jr., 17, who was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Monday.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Stewart Sr. of Albany, will be present at the ceremony, Principal Bruce Chaffin said.

Chaffin called Stewart “the definition of a great student.” He was a member of the Future Farmers of America.

“Dallas was an amazing young man, the kind who would shake your hand and hug your neck,” he said. “This is a tremendous loss for the school.”

Counselors and ministers are on the school's campus today and will be again on Wednes-day to counsel students and staff who have been stunned by the tragedy, he said.

Students on other area campuses also were saddened as the word of his death spread today.

The accident occurred about 5:10 p.m. on State Highway 43 south of Interstate 12 in Livingston Parish, said Trooper Paul Rand of Troop A.

A 1999 Ford pickup towing a utility trailer, driven by Jason Thompson, 30, of 32990 Highway 43, Independence, was moving southbound on state Highway 43 and made a right turn onto James King Road.

Stewart, of 30610 Crain Road in Albany, was driving a 1993 Toyota truck southward on La. 43 and abruptly steered left to try to avoid a rear-end collision with the Ford, Rand said.

Stewart's Toyota rolled onto its side and hit the utility trailer. A Dodge truck traveling north on La. 43 crashed into the cab of the Toyota. Stewart was not wearing a seatbelt.

Thompson and passenger in his vehicle, Chris Thompson, 28, of Denham Springs, were wearing seatbelt sand were not injured, Rand said.

State police did not identify the driver of the Dodge in their public information report.

Alcohol is not suspected in the case.

McKneely Funeral Home is in charge of arrangeme

Charlotte Man Charged with Causing I-85 Accident

Charlotte Man Charged with Causing I-85 Accident

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A Charlotte man has been charged after causing a bad accident on Interstate 85.

The crash happened near the Beatties Ford Road exit around 6:45 p.m.

The highway patrol charged the driver of the white pickup truck (pictured).

According to a highway patrol officer, the man lost control after his utility trailer began to wobble. He shot across three lanes hitting a red pickup truck.

The driver of the red truck was taken to the hospital, but is expected to be okay.

SUV towing a U-Haul trailer on I-90 near Sturgis, after a call was put out that the vehicle was throwing sparks on the highway

Trooper Bock stopped an SUV towing a U-Haul trailer on I-90 near Sturgis, after a call was put out that the vehicle was throwing sparks on the highway. The trailer blew a tire on the driver side rear axle and the driver was intentionally pulling the trailer down the highway with the tire off the rim. The driver advised the tire had blown out about three hours prior and he was unable to get a U-Haul rental store to change the tire. The driver advised he was late for an appointment in Chicago. He was cited accordingly and the unit was detained until U-Haul sent a service truck.

SUV hauling trailer wrecks on I-64 bridge

SUV hauling trailer wrecks on I-64 bridge

By Amelia A. Pridemore
Register-Herald reporter
An Iowa man pulling a U-Haul trailer wrecked on an Interstate 64 bridge Friday after a ball on the trailer hitch broke, sheriff’s deputies said.

Between 2:15 and 2:20 p.m., Carmello Fernandez, 48, of Dennison, Iowa, was driving eastbound on Interstate 64 in a Ford Expedition, said Deputy Mike Johnson of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department. Fernandez was pulling a U-Haul trailer, and near the Eisenhower Drive exit, the ball on his trailer hitch broke off.

The break caused Fernandez to lose control of the SUV, Johnson said. The vehicle spun and hit a guard rail on the Beaver Creek Bridge. The loose trailer continued eastbound, going into the median.

A wrecker responding to the accident scene is believed to have been involved in a second wreck in the westbound lanes, Johnson said. This was handled by the West Virginia State Police. No further information was available about this accident.

Fernandez was treated at the scene for minor injuries, Johnson said. No citations were issued.
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Trailer Crashes Into Home

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Trailer Crashes Into Home
An Abilene senior citizen narrowly escaped injury when a trailer crashed thru her home. It happened Sunday morning near the intersection of north 10th and Grape streets. Police say a trailer came unhitched from a pickup truck and crashed thru the womans house. She escaped injury by just a few inches. The woman and her daughter had just moved back to Abilene from Austin. They secured the house with a piece of plywood. Insurance adjusters are due today. When the insurance adjusters finish their work, more permanent repairs can be done.

Wayward trailer heads for house

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Fire crews and police responded to a close call in the city's north side Monday afternoon. A residence on John Street dodged serious damage from a trailer on the loose.

A neighbour who was outside at the time of the incident says a chain connecting a small trailer to a pick-up truck travelling down John Street broke, sending the trailer on a crash course towards a residence.

However the trailer pulled up short, stopping just in time with only inches between it and the John Street residence. There were no injuries reported and its not known whether charges will be laid.

Losing control of the trailer, caused Padilla to lose control of his truck, which jack-knifed into the path of a semi-truck that was northbound in the

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Lakewood man killed in crash on icy I-25
Pamela Dickman


A 36-year-old Lakewood man was killed Saturday when his truck slid into the path of a semi-truck, off the icy Interstate 25 near Berthoud and into the median, where it was pinned underneath the semi.

Two adults and three teens were in his Dodge pickup, headed to the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland for a state band competition.

They were 13 miles away when they crashed, closing the northbound interstate for about six hours.

Andy Padilla, the driver, was pronounced dead at the scene, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gilbert Mares said.

All four passengers were taken to Medical Center of the Rockies after they were freed from the Dodge pickup, which was crushed underneath the semi.

Jaqueline Alba-Torres, 15, was airlifted to the hospital, where she remained in good condition Saturday afternoon.

Christina Lucero, 36, Jason Lucero, 16, and Douglas Ruiz, 16, were taken by ambulance, treated and released.

Padilla was driving north in his Dodge pickup, pulling a utility trailer that reportedly contained band equipment for the Alameda High School students.

At 6:22 a.m., eight minutes before the teens could begin checking in for the Rocky Mountain Percussion Championships, the trailer fishtailed.

Losing control of the trailer, caused Padilla to lose control of his truck, which jack-knifed into the path of a semi-truck that was northbound in the parallel lane, Mares said.

When the semi hit the Dodge, the pickup rolled onto its top in the median.

The semi then careened into the median and over the pickup, stopping on top of it and trapping the five inside, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

All five were wearing their seatbelts.

The driver of the semi-truck, 54-year-old Don Brashears of Loveland, was not injured.

The crash closed the northbound lanes of the interstate at the Berthoud exit until noon during the rescue and aftermath. Traffic was rerouted onto the Frontage Road.

Investigators are still piecing together what happened, but weather appears to be a factor.

Mares said troopers believe Padilla was driving too fast for the icy roads, the result of a spring storm that dropped just enough snow to ice the roads.

Meanwhile, 72-year-old Jerry Hankins of Longmont was reported to be in critical condition at Loveland’s Medical Center of the Rockies on Saturday night after being taken there for treatment of serious bodily injuries he suffered in a single-vehicle rollover accident south of Longmont.

Hankins, a backseat passenger in a 1994 Ford Explorer, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from that sports utility vehicle while it was rolling over after the driver lost control on an icy bridge on Colo. Highway 119 near Airport Road at about 9 a.m. Saturday, the CSP’s Mares said.

The SUV’s driver, 46-year-old Elaina Johnson of Longmont, was treated for injuries at Longmont United Hospital and released. Another passenger — Marty Hankins, 38, also of Longmont — declined medical attention, Mares said.

According to the CSP’s accident report, Mares said, Johnson was northbound on Colo. 119 when she lost control on the bridge, with the vehicle dropping off the right side of the roadway and rolling twice before coming to rest on its wheels. Jerry Hankins reportedly was ejected during the second roll.

Several other crashes also occurred Saturday morning in Larimer, Weld and Boulder counties, authorities in those areas said.

“It was really, really dangerous,” Loveland Police Sgt. Bob Shaffer said. “It was like a sheet of ice.”

A Longmont police dispatcher said Saturday afternoon that as many as four accidents happened inside the city on icy bridges that morning, but that there were no serious injuries reported in those crashes.

On Saturday night, a Colorado State Patrol dispatcher said motorists and officers were “getting hammered” by highway crashes on icy roads in Weld County — particularly on Interstate 76 and nearby roads — and in Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

Boulder County highways, however, appeared to be relatively calm insofar as Saturday night reports of road conditions and accidents, the CSP dispatcher said.

Times-Call reporter John Fryar contributed to this report.

A homemade utility trailer loaded with boards came unhitched from an older, rusty, white Ford pickup as it crossed some railroad tracks, according to

Man, 58, dies after hit-and-run accident

By Times staff writer
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published November 10, 2002

SPRING HILL -- A Spring Hill man died Friday night of injuries from a hit-and-run accident last week in Land O' Lakes, and state troopers still are looking for a white pickup that sped away from the fiery crash.

Robert John Schwefringhaus, 58, died at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. He and his wife, Dorthy, 54, were flown to the hospital after the wreck. Her injuries were not as severe as his.

The accident happened Oct. 29 on State Road 52 near Giddens Road. A homemade utility trailer loaded with boards came unhitched from an older, rusty, white Ford pickup as it crossed some railroad tracks, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The trailer hit the Schwefringhauses' Oldsmobile, causing it to burst into flames.

The pickup slowed down, then sped away, witnesses said. Troopers said two men in the truck recently had picked up a load of boards at a nearby lumber yard. Officers described the two men as white and about 6 feet tall. One was about 50, with a dark tan and black hair. The other was about 20, with a fair complexion and light-colored hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Michael Styres at (727) 841-4181, ext. 130, or Sgt. Leland Frye at ext. 10

A 24-year-old Salem woman driving a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta on the Lowell Connector was killed yesterday when a utility trailer connected to a tow truck

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A 24-year-old Salem woman driving a 1998 Volkswagen Jetta on the Lowell Connector was killed yesterday when a utility trailer connected to a tow truck broke free, became airborne, and landed on her car, which was heading in the opposite direction. According to State Police, the accident occurred at about 3:45 p.m. The trailer was being hauled by Patrick Sheehy, 27, of Lowell, police said. Sheehy had picked up the trailer a few minutes before the crash, said Trooper Thomas Ryan. The crash is under investigation, police said. No charges have been filed. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name was withheld pending family notification.

Pickup driver charged in crash

Pickup driver charged in crash
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Friday, November 11, 2005

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A reckless-driving charge has been filed against the driver of a pickup truck that Chesterfield County police said was pulling a utility trailer that broke loose and caused a fatal crash Oct. 2.


Police said Benjamin J. Frazer, 25, of the 3400 block of Oakmeadow Lane in Chesterfield, was driving a 2003 Ford pickup truck in the 13100 block of Hull Street Road when the trailer came loose and struck a vehicle driven by Elaine Lois Decker, 51, leading to an accident that killed the Midlothian woman.

Frazer is to appear in Chesterfield General District Court on Dec. 21, police said.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Lowell towing company received a civil citation and was suspended from state police towing lists yesterday in connection with a freak accident Sunda

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Jun. 8--LOWELL, Mass. -- A Lowell towing company received a civil citation and was suspended from state police towing lists yesterday in connection with a freak accident Sunday in which a trailer came loose from one of the company's trucks and killed another driver.

Stuart's Automotive, 117 Congress St., was given a $35-fine for "improperly securing" an 8-foot utility trailer that came loose on the Lowell Connector Sunday afternoon and slammed into the windshield of Jeanine Rodgers, 24, of Salem, who was driving in the opposite direction.

State police also issued an emergency suspension removing the company from the list of companies they use to tow vehicles from highways and accident scenes, said Sgt. David R. Paine Jr.

Rodgers was pronounced dead at the scene of the 3:45 p.m. crash at the Industrial Avenue interchange.

Rodgers had been heading outbound on the Connector when the trailer came loose from a Stuart's tow truck driven by Patrick Sheehy of Lowell. The trailer then crossed the median and became airborne before landing on the driver's side of Rodgers' windshield.

Paine said the suspension takes effect immediately and will remain in place until an investigation into the incident is complete. Such suspensions can be used when a variety of issues arise with companies, including safety concerns.

He said the suspension does not preclude Stuart's from answering calls from others who need to be towed, but that state police will no longer use the company.

No charges have been filed against Sheehy, though an investigation is still under way, Paine said.

Sheehy had picked up the truck from Interstate 495 south just before the Lowell Connector at the request of state police.

The trailer had already come loose from the back of a Ford Explorer driven by Lowell King, of Derby, Conn. State police were called to that scene because the trailer came to rest in the middle of Interstate 495.

Paine said it could not be hooked up to King's car again, so police had it towed away as King returned home. He said police are still investigating why the trailer broke free the first time.

A man who answered the telephone at Stuart's said company officials would not be commenting.

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Investigators said the trailer came loose from a car near the Bellaire exit on Beltway 8 around 10:30 p.m. Thursday


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Boat Trailer Triggers Chain-Reaction Wreck

2 In Serious Condition From Wreck

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A boat trailer triggered a chain-reaction accident that left two people hospitalized Friday, officials told News2Houston.Boat Trailer Causes Wreck Investigators said the trailer came loose from a car near the Bellaire exit on Beltway 8 around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.While the owners were trying to push the trailer off the freeway, a car hit the trailer and then the two people.Two other cars then struck the car that hauled the trailer.Four people were taken to the hospital. Two are listed in serious condition. The other two checked out OK, according to doctors. One of the drivers has a broken arm.

A single-axle trailer that became detached from a truck slammed head-on into a minivan carrying a family Saturday

A single-axle trailer that became detached from a truck slammed head-on into a minivan carrying a family Saturday.
A West Jordan woman riding in the van received severe head and neck injuries, said West Jordan Police Capt. Gary Cox.
The crash happened at 8300 South and U-111 at 4:30 p.m. The van was southbound, and the truck pulling the trailer filled with compost was headed north, Cox said.
The trailer became detached despite being secured with safety chains, he said.
The van's male driver received minor injuries, and at least one of the three children — one of whom is a family friend — was not injured. Another child was taken to Jordan Valley Hospital as a precaution, Cox said. Everyone in the van was wearing a seat belt.

A driver sustained moderate injuries when his car was hit by an empty trailer and flipped into a ditch along La. 182, causing the southbound lane of t

Trailer breaks loose from truck, causes wreck
Mika Edwards
Staff Writer
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BAYOU BLUE - A driver sustained moderate injuries when his car was hit by an empty trailer and flipped into a ditch along La. 182, causing the southbound lane of the busy thoroughfare to be closed down for nearly an hour.

The crash happened in Lafourche Parish just north of Bayou Blue Road after 3 p.m. when a large trailer came unhitched from a black Chevy truck driven by 46-year-old Ray Bourg of Houma, State Police said.

The lose trailer struck a red Pontiac Bonville, driven by 33-year-old Gerald McGowan.

The hitch part of the trailer went through the driver-side door, possibly breaking both of McGowan legs, said Trooper Barry Domangue.

The force of the collision caused the Pontiac to roll down the ditch that runs parallel to the roadway. The car came to a rest on the roof, which was crushed by the impact.

The car sustained extensive damage, including a crushed interior and also took out a portion of a wire fence at the base of the ditch.

Bayou Blue Volunteer Fire Department, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s deputies and State Police Troop C all responded to the mid-day crash.

Firefighters pulled a responsive McGowan out of the car, who was then transported by Acadian Ambulance to Terrebonne General Medical Center with moderate injuries, Domangue said.

As rescue crews worked to clear the scene – which was littered with debris including glass – traffic along La. 182 coming into Houma was halted for nearly an hour, though traffic going out of the city remained open.

The trailer wasn’t carrying anything, but Bourg was ticketed with an unsecured load, Domangue said.

The road was reopened to traffic just before 4:30 p.m.

Staff writer Mika Edwards can be reached at 857-2202 or mika.edwards@houmatoday.com.

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Two children's bikes rest next to the trailer where a six-year-old girl was accidentally killed




Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007 7:18 AM EDT..

Greg Kreller/IPT Two children's bikes rest next to the trailer where a six-year-old girl was accidentally killed Thursday afternoon when she fell under the trailer of the truck her father was driving outside their Caldwell home in the Blackhawk subdivision. Thursday March 29, 2007
Tragedy: 6-year-old girl dies when hit by trailer; 13-year-old boy drowns trying to pull brother from lake

Idaho Press-Tribune Staff

Two Caldwell children died in separate, tragic accidents this week.
One occurred Thursday afternoon at the family’s residence. Authorities said the 6-year-old girl was killed when she was run over by a trailer her father as her father pulled his pickup into the driveway.

A day earlier, a 13-year-old Caldwell boy drowned in C.J. Strike Reservoir in Owyhee County in what investigators deemed was a heroic attempt to save his 6-year-old brother’s life.

Girl ran toward father
Canyon County coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris identified the girl killed in Thursday’s traffic accident as Alicia Sanchez.

Investigators said she jumped off the bicycle she was riding and ran to meet her father, 27-year-old Gustavo Sanchez, as he pulled into the driveway of their house on the 10000 block of Avalon Street in Caldwell’s Blackhawk subdivision. Sanchez’ pickup was towing a flatbed trailer which carried a Bobcat tractor, Idaho State Police said.

According to officers, Alicia jumped up onto the still-moving trailer. Then, the young girl fell from the trailer and was crushed under the wheels, unseen by her father.
“It was one of those situations that was just truly an accident,” ISP Cpl. Ed Robertson said. “A little girl ran out to meet daddy and a tragedy occurred.”

Emergency responders said Alicia was already dead when paramedics arrived on the scene. DeGeus-Morris described the cause of death as “massive head injuries.”

Idaho State Police officials said they do not expect any charges to be filed in what they call “a terrible accident.”
Rescue attempt turns deadly

Investigators said Eric Allen, 13, jumped into the frigid water at C.J. Strike Reservoir after his little brother, Tristan, fell in while riding his bike.

An uncle of the boys heard their cries for help and was able to pull Tristan, who wasn’t breathing, out of the water. The uncle revived Tristan after administering a series of chest compressions, but was unable to rescue Eric.
The cause of death was determined to be drowning, according to police.

Owyhee County Sheriff Gary Aman said the accident was very difficult for the family, especially some of the boy’s siblings who witnessed Eric’s drowning.

“We had a death of a young boy; someone lost a son, a brother, it’s very tough,” he said.
Between 8 and 10 family members from the Caldwell area were gathered at the reservoir for a fishing and camping trip over spring break.

Although the weather had been warming up, the water remained a cold 51 degrees. Aman said that it would only take a few minutes for hypothermia to set in — and added that by the time dispatchers received the call, it would have been too late for officers to rescue the teen.

Officers from Owyhee and Elmore counties, along with a search-and-rescue dive team from Twin Falls, rushed to the reservoir to administer first aid to those who needed it, Aman said. Tristan was taken to Elmore County Hospital and treated for hypothermia and possible pneumonia. He was released Thursday.
After a few hours, because of dust storms and lighting conditions, rescue teams delayed the search for the teen’s body until Thursday morning.

Divers went back and recovered Eric’s body around 10:30 a.m. He was found in 18 feet of water about 15 feet away from a dock.

The sheriff expressed sorrow for the family.
“By all indications he was just a great kid,” Aman said. “He saw his brother needed help and he just jumped in.”

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A Department of Public Works chipper trailer broke loose from the truck towing it

MILWAUKEE COUNTY POLICE REPORT



A Department of Public Works chipper trailer broke loose from the truck towing it and hit a school bus, occupied by the driver who was sweeping. The 29-year-old Milwaukee woman fell and was taken to the hospital. The bus was parked on E. Capitol Drive east of N. Morris Blvd. about 7:40 a.m. April 6. The trailer hitch was found to be defective. The safety chains had become disconnected from the truck, which the driver, a 45-year-old Shorewood man, said happens sometimes due to going over bumps.

S.F. socialite killed when trailer hits car



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S.F. socialite killed when trailer hits car

She dies instantly in head-on crash

Thursday, August 18, 2005

A popular San Francisco society maven and philanthropist was killed Wednesday in Napa when an 18-foot trailer loaded with drilling equipment broke loose from a truck bed and slammed head-on into her car.

Erika Hills, 61, was pronounced dead shortly after the 11:24 a.m. crash, which closed the two-lane Silverado Trail, a half-mile north of Oak Knoll Avenue, for three hours.

The 5-ton trailer cut right through her car, killing her instantly, according to Officer Gerald Rico of the California Highway Patrol.

Hills, whose husband is from the family that started Hills Brothers coffee, was southbound on the Silverado Trail, five miles from her home in Napa, when the accident occurred.

The "fifth wheel" trailer, pulled by a three-ton Dodge Ram truck heading north, began whipping back and forth, according to witnesses. It somehow disconnected from the bed of the truck, skidded left and slammed into Hills' 1997 Mercedes.

"It went from the front fender through the Mercedes, almost splitting the car in half," Rico said. "The left doors were ripped from their hinges, and she was ejected from the vehicle."

The trailer, which was hauling equipment used to drill caves for wine cellars, then struck another car traveling behind Hills, flipping over the vehicle, Rico said. Terrance Koh, 32, and Anita Chin, 33, who were visiting the Wine Country from Washington state, were treated at St. Helena Hospital for minor injuries.

The truck driver, 29-year-old Arnulfo Avina of Angwin, was not injured.

The accident happened on a straightaway. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be factors, and there were no reports of speeding, according to Rico. It could not be determined whether Hills was wearing a seat belt, but, Rico said, it would not have made a difference.

"We're investigating how the fifth wheel became detached from the truck," Rico said. "No charges are pending at this time, and no arrests have been made. "

Hills was known and beloved, according to friends, for her bohemian flair and sense of fun despite the fact that she circulated among San Francisco's high society. She hosted social events and fundraisers at her Tuscan-style villa in Napa and at her other home in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, but, friends said, she never took herself too seriously.

She was a prominent supporter of the Opera and was on the board of Cal Performances in Berkeley. Among her friends was Gottfried Helnwein, a German artist who recently had a show in San Francisco.

A home design expert, she once owned Erika Hills antiques in St. Helena. Her husband, Austin Hills, once worked for the family business, Hills Brothers coffee, and is now co-proprietor and chairman of the board of Grgich Hills Cellar winery in Rutherford. Family members have made regular appearances through the years in the society columns.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Accident

Traci was involved in an auto accident this morning. She's a little shaken and she's got a couple of cuts from broken glass and she had some glass in her eye, but other than that, she's doing pretty good. She'll be sore for the next few days though.

Basically she was hit by a runaway trailer. A pickup was towing a trailer that came unhitched. We discovered that the tongue and hitch ball were different sizes. They also did not have the trailer secured to the truck correctly with chains. The witnesses say that after it came unhitched, it followed the truck a little bit, then darted across the road. Traci said it came at her so fast she didn't have time to react.

The trailer hit the driver's side right behind the driver's side door. The whole door was sheered off and the sliding door was mangled. I keep the registration in a door pocket on the driver's side so it took a little work to locate it. I kept expecting to see the door somewhere but it was ripped apart into several unrecognizable pieces. The B pillar was crushed in about a foot. If anyone had been sitting behind Traci, they would have been seriously injured or killed. I am glad that the kids were not with her. Cameron usually sits in that seat.

I'll have to go get the police report tomorrow and start the process of getting us a new van. It's a pain but it could have been a whole lot worse.

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The crash occurred while both the bicyclist and the driver of a truck with a flatbed trailer were heading west on Northern, Tellef said.

A Few questions...


  • Was the trailer and truck combination over the weight limit?
  • Who trained the person on how to tow?
  • Was the truck driver going to fast?
  • Did the truck driver have a CDL?
  • Was age a factor in not stoping in time or hitting the brakes?


Bicyclist killed by construction truck

Brent Whiting
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 12, 2008 09:10 AM

A 46-year-old Glendale man was killed Tuesday morning when he was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle in Peoria, authorities said.

The traffic fatality occurred about 7 a.m. at 77th and Northern avenues, resulting in the closure of Northern between 75th and 83rd avenues as police conducted their investigation.

The victim, who name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the crash scene, said Mike Tellef, a Peoria police spokesman.

The crash occurred while both the bicyclist and the driver of a truck with a flatbed trailer were heading west on Northern, Tellef said.

The truck driver, a 71-year-old Glendale man who works for a Glendale construction firm, apparently approached the bicyclist and was unable to avoid a collision, he said.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

SUV was struck head-on by a small trailer carrying a 2004 Chrysler Concord that was traveling in the westbound lanes of the highway





In Loving Memory of our Dream Girl - Britney Lipsey

2005-2006 Pi Kappa Alpha

*DreamGirl*

Britney Lipsey
January 19,1986 -- August 6,2006

Thank you for all of your hard work and support!

WE LOVE YOU!

The below articles are from The Greenville Herald Banner and The Dallas Morning News

Britney Lipsey

Britney Loren’ Lipsey, 20, of Celeste, formerly of Gladewater, died Aug. 6, 2006, in an auto accident on Interstate 30. Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Celeste High School gymnasium under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville. Dr. James Ralson will officiate. Burial will be in Celeste Cemetery.

Miss Lipsey was born Jan. 19, 1986, in Longview to Mike Lipsey and Jessica Walston Morrow. She graduated from Celeste High School in 2004.

Britney was the head lifeguard at the Ja-Lu Park in Greenville, she gave swimming lessons at the Rec Center in Commerce, she was a waitress at Molina’s in Commerce, and was a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce and was on the Dean’s List.

Her accomplishments included Miss CHS, Sophomore Class Favorite, Senior Football Sweetheart, FCA, FCCLA, and academic awards-accounting and geography.

She played basketball for four years and was senior captain and received junior and senior honorary mention and Defensive MVP, she ran track her sophomore and junior years and was regional qualifier both years, she played golf all through high school and was a regional qualifier her sophomore, junior and senior years and was state qualifier her junior year, golf MVP her senior year and Most Improved Player her junior year.

She was a cheerleader her junior and senior years and was on the dance team her sophomore year. Britney was a donor to save others lives.

She is survived by her father and wife, Mike and Carol Lipsey of Celeste; her mother and husband, Jessica and Johnny Morrow of Celeste; brothers Brody Lipsey and Braden Morrow of Celeste and Todd Eudy of Forney; a sister, Tina McDaniel of Forney; grandparents John and Allene Mize of Celeste and Jimmy and Jean Lipsey and Doris Walston, all of Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ernest Lorenzo Walston, Johnny Morrow, and Patricia House; great-grandparents Haskell and Pansey Biggs and Crim and Maurice Adams; a stepgrandmother, Oleta Lipsey; and an uncle, Tony Walston.

Pallbearers are John Mark Barnard, Josh Spoonemore, Joseph Louvier, Jonny Louvier, Rache Barnette, Lance Clayton, Shey Stegall, Neil McElaney. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the Pi-Kappa-Alpha Fraternity.

Memorials may be made to the Britney Lipsey Scholarship Fund at the First Bank of Celeste, Attention Bob Barnard, P.O. Box 7, Celeste, 75422.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Celeste High School gymnasium.


WE LOVE YOU!

The below articles are from The Greenville Herald Banner and The Dallas Morning News

Britney Lipsey

Britney Loren’ Lipsey, 20, of Celeste, formerly of Gladewater, died Aug. 6, 2006, in an auto accident on Interstate 30. Funeral services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Celeste High School gymnasium under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville. Dr. James Ralson will officiate. Burial will be in Celeste Cemetery.

Miss Lipsey was born Jan. 19, 1986, in Longview to Mike Lipsey and Jessica Walston Morrow. She graduated from Celeste High School in 2004.

Britney was the head lifeguard at the Ja-Lu Park in Greenville, she gave swimming lessons at the Rec Center in Commerce, she was a waitress at Molina’s in Commerce, and was a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce and was on the Dean’s List.

Her accomplishments included Miss CHS, Sophomore Class Favorite, Senior Football Sweetheart, FCA, FCCLA, and academic awards-accounting and geography.

She played basketball for four years and was senior captain and received junior and senior honorary mention and Defensive MVP, she ran track her sophomore and junior years and was regional qualifier both years, she played golf all through high school and was a regional qualifier her sophomore, junior and senior years and was state qualifier her junior year, golf MVP her senior year and Most Improved Player her junior year.

She was a cheerleader her junior and senior years and was on the dance team her sophomore year. Britney was a donor to save others lives.

She is survived by her father and wife, Mike and Carol Lipsey of Celeste; her mother and husband, Jessica and Johnny Morrow of Celeste; brothers Brody Lipsey and Braden Morrow of Celeste and Todd Eudy of Forney; a sister, Tina McDaniel of Forney; grandparents John and Allene Mize of Celeste and Jimmy and Jean Lipsey and Doris Walston, all of Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ernest Lorenzo Walston, Johnny Morrow, and Patricia House; great-grandparents Haskell and Pansey Biggs and Crim and Maurice Adams; a stepgrandmother, Oleta Lipsey; and an uncle, Tony Walston.

Pallbearers are John Mark Barnard, Josh Spoonemore, Joseph Louvier, Jonny Louvier, Rache Barnette, Lance Clayton, Shey Stegall, Neil McElaney. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the Pi-Kappa-Alpha Fraternity.

Memorials may be made to the Britney Lipsey Scholarship Fund at the First Bank of Celeste, Attention Bob Barnard, P.O. Box 7, Celeste, 75422.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Celeste High School gymnasium.

A&M-Commerce students killed in I-30 wreck

By BRANDI HART
Herald-Banner Staff

ROYSE CITY — Two Texas A&M University-Commerce students died Sunday afternoon while driving in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 while returning to the college town after a South Texas vacation.

Rachel Rollings of Coffeyville, Kan., was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer in the outside eastbound lanes of Interstate 30, near the 78-mile marker just east of Farm-to-Market 35 when her SUV was struck head-on by a small trailer carrying a 2004 Chrysler Concord that was traveling in the westbound lanes of the highway, said Sgt. Bill Vegas of the Royse City Police Department.

Margot Alvarado, 51, of Michigan was driving a moving van that was pulling the Concorde, which became unattached from the van’s towing hitch.

“The trailer crossed the highway median and struck the Explorer’s left front fender. When the trailer made contact with the Explorer, the Explorer rolled over and came to rest in the median between the eastbound lanes of Interstate 30 and the south service road,” Vegas said.

Rollings, 22, died on impact and was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace for Precinct. 2 and 3 Larry Holloway. Britney Lipsey of Celeste, 20, who was asleep in the backseat of the Explorer was transported by helicopter ambulance LifeStar to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where she later died, Vegas said.

Rachel Ashley Bates, 19, of Commerce was the only survivor from the Explorer. She received some lacerations, Vegas said.

Bates was in the passenger seat of the Explorer and was transported by a Rockwall County Emergency Medical Services ambulance to Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Vegas said. She was released before 10 a.m. Monday, he added.

Bates, Rollings and Lipsey were wearing their seatbelts, Vegas said.

Police are still investigating the accident and planned to recreate the accident this week to see if the trailer was properly attached to Alvarado’s van and to determine if Alvarado will receive any citations in the accident, Vegas said. Alvarado left the scene uninjured.

A Volkswagen Beetle that was traveling behind Rollings swerved to miss the collision and did not receive any damage, Vegas said. Interstate 30 was closed for three hours while law enforcement personnel worked the scene.

Lipsey’s funeral is at 10 a.m. Thursday at Celeste High School gymnasium. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the CHS gym. Coker-Mathews Funeral Home of Greenville is handling the services.

2 sorority sisters die in crash; 3rd injured

Trailer hit their SUV after coming loose, crossing I-30 median

10:57 AM CDT on Tuesday, August 8, 2006

By IAN McCANN / The Dallas Morning News

Two Texas A&M University-Commerce students were killed and one was injured over the weekend when their SUV was hit by a trailer that came loose from a truck and crossed the Interstate 30 median just east of Royse City.

The women were returning to campus after a tubing trip, said university Police Chief Donna Spinato.

The survivor, identified as Rachel Ashley Bates, 18, of Commerce, was released Monday from Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, authorities said.

Flags at the university will fly at half-staff today in memory of Britney Lipsey, 20, of Celeste, in northern Hunt County, and Rachel Rollings, 22, of Coffeyville, Kan. Some were members of the Chi Omega sorority.

Chief Spinato said that the three were well-known at the school and that Ms. Rollings was a lifeguard at the university's recreation center.

"They were all very sweet girls," she said. "The university is saddened by the untimely deaths."

Ms. Lipsey's stepfather, Johnny Morrow, said he was struggling with his daughter's death in such a freak accident. He said Ms. Lipsey was a popular, athletic student at Celeste High School and was looking forward to a career in physical therapy.

"She played basketball, golf, was a cheerleader and homecoming queen," Mr. Morrow said. At the Commerce university, Ms. Lipsey was on the dean's list and was named a "dream girl" for the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Though she was outgoing and independent, Ms. Lipsey still made time to call home every day.

"We had no issues. Zero. We did everything together," Mr. Morrow said.

He said Ms. Rollings was an exceptional young woman who was close friends with Ms. Lipsey and often visited Ms. Lipsey's home, about 30 minutes from campus.

Ms. Rollings' family could not be reached Monday.

Royse City police said the trailer, carrying a car, came loose from a westbound truck and crossed the median about 2 p.m., hitting the SUV carrying the women.

The SUV rolled and came to a stop on its roof on the right side of the highway between FM35 and FM2642.

Staff writer Holly Yan contributed to this report