Saturday, August 30, 2008

Pleasant Grove woman killed in Wyoming crash; 3 hurt


Pleasant Grove woman killed in Wyoming crash; 3 hurt

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 12:30 a.m. MDT
A Pleasant Grove woman was killed in a traffic accident near Evanston, Wyo., over the weekend.

Kimberly Shaw, 34, her husband and two others were in a four-door pickup truck on I-80, 23 miles outside of Evanston. The pickup was hauling a 24-foot camper and a boat.

For an unknown reason, the boat and camper began fishtailing, causing the driver, Bryon Shaw, 32, to lose control of the truck, the Wyoming Highway Patrol said in a statement. Shaw hit the brakes, but that caused the two trailers to swerve into oncoming traffic.

The truck and two trailers were spun 180 degrees, causing the pickup to break free of the camper and flip over the guard rail, the WHP said. The truck rolled 4 1/2 times before coming to rest at the bottom of an embankment.

Bryon Shaw, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. His wife, Kimberly, was wearing a seat belt and remained in the cab but was killed, according to the WHP.

Two passengers in the back seat, from Logan and Wellington, were also injured. The extent of the three survivors' injuries was not known Tuesday. All were taken to Evanston Regional Hospital.

The WHP said the weather was clear at the time of the accident.

3 hurt as landscaper's trailer detaches, hits car


Plainfield

3 hurt as landscaper's trailer detaches, hits car

A man and two children were taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora on Tuesday afternoon after a landscaping trailer became detached from a pickup truck in Plainfield and smashed into their Chevrolet Camaro, Plainfield Police Officer Jim Caliendo said.

All three were believed to have suffered minor injuries.

The accident occurred after 3 p.m. in the eastbound lane of 119th Street. The pickup truck in the westbound lane became separated from the trailer it was towing. The trailer, which held a landscaping vehicle, rolled into the other lane and collided with the Camaro, Caliendo said. A 31-year-old man and two children, ages 12 and 7, were injured.

The driver of the pickup truck was cited with failing to secure a load and other moving violations, officials said.


Trailer takes truck along for a ride

GINA B. GOOD / PVT An overturned trailer on Homestead Road near the corner of Ward Court prompted quick response from Nye County deputies and Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue personnel last Wednesday. Neither Michael Alley, right, nor his passenger was injured.


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Aug. 29, 2008

Trailer takes truck along for a ride

By GINA B. GOOD
PVT

Michael Alley of Pahrump was involved in a minor accident Aug. 20 while towing a trailer carrying a junked vehicle behind his 2004 Ford F150 pickup.

There were no injuries to Alley or his passenger, who were traveling southbound on Homestead Road.

"I'm a good driver and have a lot of experience towing, but (the trailer) just got away from me," said Alley, who added that he was only going 35 mph when the trailer started to sway from side to side. It overturned and dragged Alley's custom-painted pickup along for the ride.

The truck suffered blown-out rear tires and sustained a bashed-in left rear wheel well plus an assortment of sizeable dents.

"The only thing hurt is my feelings," Alley said as he surveyed the damage. He owns two additional F150s and intends to switch out one of the older truck beds with the one damaged in the accident.

Alley was towing the trailer for a friend, who showed up with a large tractor to move the rolled-over trailer off the road.

The owner of the junked car then brought in a flatbed semi-truck and used the tractor to put all the wrecked trailer parts and other road debris on the flatbed, leaving the road and shoulder clear for traffic.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Runaway parks department trailer strikes vehicle, hurts driver

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Sun, The (Baltimore, MD)
July 30, 1999

Edition: HOWARD
Section: LOCAL
Page: 3B

Runaway parks department trailer strikes vehicle, hurts driver, jams traffic
Author: SUN STAFFNancy A. Youssef
Location(s):
HOWARD / REGION
Article Text:

A trailer that escaped from a Howard County Parks and Recreation truck after chains snapped crashed into a northbound vehicle on U.S. 29 yesterday morning causing a traffic backup for about three hours. John Peach, 40, of the 3400 block of Church Road in Ellicott City was driving south on U.S. 29 between Routes 108 and 175 when the 14-foot trailer came loose.

The trailer was carrying a garden tractor used to mow fields and baseball parks. "He felt the trailer moving, [and] it appears he tried to slow down," said Sgt. A. J. Bellido de Luna, who supervises the department's traffic enforcement section. The trailer traveled into the median and struck a northbound Chevrolet Suburban at 9: 44 a.m., police said.

The Suburban's driver, Thomas Fox, 49, of Sandy Spring, was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious but stable condition last evening. Officials closed both directions of U.S. 29 for about 10 minutes to bring in a state police MedEvac helicopter to transport Fox.

The northbound side of the road remained closed for two more hours, creating a four-mile backup. Drivers were diverted onto Route 175, police said. Peach was not injured but was taken to Howard County General Hospital after suffering chest pains, said Gary Arthur, the recreation and parks director.

The garden tractor and trailer -- valued at about $30,000 -- were totaled. Peach has worked for the park service for more than 15 years, often making trips like yesterday's, Arthur said. Last year, he helped teach a one-day course to some of the 121 recreation and parks employees on how to attach trailers to trucks. Peach had attached the trailer that came loose to the truck, Arthur said. Police are investigating. Arthur said parks officials had no immediate plan to take action against Peach. "That has not been determined," he said. "We are waiting to see how he feels and for the police report." Pub Date: 7/30/99

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1. Injured: Thomas Fox, 49, of Sandy Spring was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after a runaway trailer hit his car on U.S. 29 in Columbia. The accident stopped traffic for several hours.
2. Morning accident: When the chains connecting a trailer to a Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks truck snapped, the trailer crashed into Fox's Suburban.Caption:
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Record Number: 9907300034

Loose trailer injures construction workers

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St. Petersburg Times
May 2, 1999

Section: HERNANDO TIMES
Page: 10

Topics:
Index Terms:
vehicle accident injury
Loose trailer injures construction workers
Dateline: SPRING HILL

Article Text:Two highway flagmen working at a Suncoast Parkway interchange under construction east of Spring Hill were seriously injured Saturday when they were struck by a trailer that came loose from a pickup.

One of the injured men, David Alan Welsh, 40, of New Port Richey, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with severe leg injuries, said Trooper Jerry Perdue of the Florida Highway Patrol. Welsh was in stable condition Saturday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

he second worker, Richard Stafford, also suffered serious leg injuries and was taken to Spring Hill Regional Medical Center, where he was in stable condition. The men were injured about 10:15 a.m. near theparkway interchange on Spring Hill Drive, near Barclay Ave.

A small trailer broke loose from behind a Ford truck driven by Virginia Ball Ryan, 62, of 19150 Ayers Road in Brooksville. The trailer clipped the two flagmen as they stood on the side of the road, narrowly missing two others, Perdue said. All four work for Prince Construction Co. of Palmetto, he said. Perdue said Ryan would be cited with a traffic violation for not securing the trailer properly.
Record Number: 9905026931910608675533

LEICESTER WOMAN DIES IN CRASH WITH FLATBED TRAILER

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Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)

March 2, 1999

Edition: Final
Section: Local
Page: 1B

Topics:
Index Terms:
ACCIDENTS, COMMERCIAL TRUCKS, FATALITY

LEICESTER WOMAN DIES IN CRASH WITH FLATBED TRAILER
Author: Susan Dryman; Staff Writer

Article Text:

LEICESTER - A Buncombe County woman was killed Monday when a bulldozer being towed by a dump truck came loose from its trailer, causing the trailer to crash into her car.

Cleo Nora Reems, 57, died in the 8 a.m. wreck near the intersection of Leicester Highway and Anderson Road. Reems became yet another in a string of deaths caused in recent months by big, commercial trucks.

According to Trooper Tim Jackson, the wreck happened as a 1979 Ford dump truck was traveling toward Asheville on Leicester Highway. The dump truck was pulling a 24-foot-long flatbed trailer, and the trailer was holding a 25,000-pound bulldozer.

Investigators believe the bulldozer came loose from the trailer. When it slid off the trailer, the trailer swerved in the other direction, hitting the front of Reems' 1986 Subaru.

She was traveling in the opposite direction. The bulldozer kept rolling until it came to a stop in a nearby parking lot.

Reems died at the scene, the trooper said. She was not wearing a seat belt, he said. A seat belt may have helped, he said, but he added that he couldn't be sure.

"I would say, yes, that could have helped. Possibly," he said. "I think it would."

No charges had been filed Monday against the driver, identified as Randy Scott Combs, 33, of Leicester. The trooper said Combs owned the dump truck, bulldozer and trailer and was heading to work in Fletcher when the wreck happened.

Troopers will meet today with officers from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, Jackson said. The DMV is also investigating the wreck because the dump truck had several violations, according to Jackson.

"Tires, breaks, lights, - a lot of things, driving left of center, inspection violation," the trooper said. "None of these really caused the accident, though."

The two agencies will present their findings to the district attorney's office. That office will decide whether any charges will be filed, the trooper said.

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Woman hurt after car hit by loaded trailer

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Herald-Sun, The (Durham, NC)
November 17, 1999

Edition: Final
Section: Durham
Page: C3

Topics:
Index Terms:
Traffic accidents;Injuries
Woman hurt after car hit by loaded trailer
Author: KAMMIE MICHAEL The Herald-Sun

Article Text:

A Durham woman was seriously injured when a trailer loaded with landscaping supplies broke loose from a truck and slammed into a car on Old Chapel Hill Road near the New Hope Creek bridge Monday morning, police reported. Jane Sherman of Kelly Drive was in serious and stable condition Tuesday at Duke University Hospital, where she was being treated for head and facial injuries.

The accident happened around 9:12 a.m. when a "low boy" trailer pulled loose from an eastbound dump truck driven by Fausto Ruiz Molina of Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro, said Durham Police Investigator Michael Goodwin of the Traffic Services Division. The trailer crossed the center line and crashed into a westbound Mitsubishi driven by Sherman.

The trailer's tongue assembly crashed through the windshield and penetrated the passenger area, Goodwin reported. A Dodge van, driven by Karen Grissom of Chesden Drive, which was behind the Mitsubishi on Old Chapel Hill Road, was also damaged. Durham firefighters from Rescue 1, Rescue 5 and Engine 5 spent almost 40 minutes working to remove Sherman from her mangled car. Firefighters first had to use high-rise jacks and wood blocks to stabilize the trailer, which was wedged against the car.

They then used a Hurst tool, commonly known as the Jaws of Life, to cut away sections of the car to reach Sherman. Parkwood medics treated Sherman at the scene until she was transported to Duke by LifeFlight helicopter. Grissom, Molina and two passengers in the dump truck - Ramon Diaz of Carrboro and Earl Brewer of Pittsboro - were not injured, Goodwin said. Traffic was rerouted for almost three hours. The accident is still under investigation.

Copyright, 1999, The Durham Herald Company
Record Number: 0338052289

TRUCKER TO BE CHARGED FOR TRAILER THAT HIT GIRL

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Stuart News, The (FL)
January 27, 1999

Edition: St. Lucie County
Section: Local
Page: B1

TRUCKER TO BE CHARGED FOR TRAILER THAT HIT GIRL
Author: BRIEF
Article Text:ST. LUCIE COUNTY -

A truck driver whose trailer came loose Thursday, crossed two lanes of highway and struck a 4-year-old girl, neglected to hook up the safety chains that would have prevented the accident, officials said Tuesday. Robert N. Tucholski, 47, of Fort Pierce will be charged with improperly securing the trailer, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pembrook Burrows.

Tucholski was towing the trailer loaded with two concrete-mixing buckets when it came loose near 2521 S. 25th St., slamming into a car, then hitting Brittany Leavesley, who was playing in her front yard. Tucholski declined to comment to reporters after the accident but told Trooper Mac Mickens that he had safety chains on the trailer as he traveled north on 25th Street, FHP reports stated. Brittany remains in serious condition at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Copyright, 1999, E.W. Scripps Company
Record Number: 1026F9E41E54DE1D

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The trailer came unhooked from the pickup


Toole Co Sheriff's Log


Wednesday, August 20, 2008 1:07 PM MDT

Friday, Aug. 15-12:32 a.m. - Officer at Port of Entry advises they have a commercial driver with suspended license. Deputy reports to the port and issues a citation for driving while license is suspended or revoked. Driver posts bond of $285.




2:51 p.m. - Caller asks if the sheriff's office knows that the window at Larson Clothing is broken. We ask if the window was broken when he got there or if he witnessed the act. He advises it was already done when he got there. Deputies report to the scene and advise there are signs that entry was made, such as glass tracked in. We call the owners to come down. There are no signs of anything having been disturbed. The window was broken by rolling a semi tire through it. There was a second tire lying in the intersection near the Lutheran Church.

2:22 p.m. - Deputy spoke with the caller, then left to report to a fist fight in progress. Deputy advises it was verbal altercation only between a male and a female with no evidence of injuries.

11:01 p.m. - Deputy wants a check on a male identified as a sexual offender, rape by force, and wants to know how many days he has to register. We advise it should be three days. The subject was drinking coffee and fell asleep. Officer told him to finish his coffee and move along. Subject advises he called a friend in Great Falls and is waiting to be picked up. Deputy advises the waitress to call us if he falls asleep again.

Saturday, Aug. 16

1:39 a.m. - Deputy talks with the operator of a golf cart with no lights. Subject is going to take it home and will not bring it out again. The reason for the stop was no lights so it is not street legal.

1:53 a.m. - Deputy advises he just saw four people with alcohol climb into the cab of a semi and is going to see what is going on. Deputy checks licenses and they have valid licenses but there are outstanding warrants from Glacier County on some of them. Glacier County advises they will come and pick up the subjects if we are not charging here.

10:52 a.m. - Caller advises her gate and part of her fence have been torn down. Deputy attempts to call subject and leaves a message to let her know he is en route to her residence and wants her to meet him at the gate. Deputy advises he took photos, the road was wet and he had to walk a mile to get to the damage so did not have radio communication until he got back out.

3 p.m. - Female caller reports non-injury accident. The trailer came unhooked from the pickup and hit a light pole. It is blocking traffic. It is an enclosed trailer and a 3/4-ton pickup. We will dispatch a deputy as soon as possible. 4:07 p.m. - The area is clear from this accident.

3:04 p.m. - Caller reports that the man a deputy dealt with last night, a registered sex offender, is still hanging around and caller does not feel he should be where children are present. Deputy responds and speaks with subject. Subject says he is going to get a phone card and call someone to get him. Deputy will stand by and see that subject does as he stated.

6:17 a.m. - Caller advises there is a dog in a car that has been there since 3:30 p.m. She thinks the owner is in a bar. Called Animal Control officer who says he will check on it. The deputy and K-9 officer advise the female was bringing water out to the animal.

7:49 p.m. - Deputy advises he has cited a male for driving a motorcycle with no motorcycle endorsement who was riding down Main Street naked.

A motorist died after her vehicle was hit head-on by a trailer


There were reasons to leave trees in median

By R. Webster Heidelberg • August 16, 2008

Many South Mississippians have noted with growing concern MDOT's clear-cutting of what were once our well-designed, safe and beautiful parkway-like highways. First, there was the clearing of 19 miles of Interstate 59 between Purvis and Picayune about five years ago. U.S. 49 is constantly under attack in many places, and now we face the same treatment of 14 miles of Interstate 59 between Ellisville and Monroe Road.This is not routine trimming, dead-wooding and maintenance (which is both needed and welcomed), but total clear-cutting of the entire right-of-way, from fence line to fence line, including the entire median and both sides of the highway - everything.

Some who may not have considered it might ask why this is a problem. Well, it is a problem - a big one - for a number of reasons. Here's why:

Safety

The trees on our highways were planted or left undisturbed in the 1960s with federal funds for a number of specific purposes, including safety, particularly, the following:

  • Lane separation. One of the primary purposes of foliage in the median of highways is to separate the two lanes of travel, so that if a vehicle leaves the highway, it is not able to drive across the median and strike traffic coming the opposite way. Thus, clear-cutting the trees from the median removes this safety barrier and actually makes the highway less safe, not more safe. Recently, in Jackson County a motorist died after her vehicle was hit head-on by a trailer that had come loose from a truck and crossed the Interstate 10 median, which was unobstructed by trees at that point.

    In another recent accident on U.S. 49, a motorist was saved by striking a tree when her vehicle left U.S. 49 and was crossing the median, but was stopped by a tree before she could run head-on into traffic coming in the opposite direction. And there are many more examples that can be cited. This effective method of lane separation has been used all over the country for many years.

    The Hattiesburg American's editorial of July 19 made the interesting observation that of those people that are actually killed by striking a tree each year, only 5 percent of those were even on a four-lane highway. The vast majority were on two-lane roads, and nearly half of those were on curved roads. Thus, the tremendous destruction now occurring on Interstate 59, allegedly for "safety", is not even on the type road where such accidents tend to occur.

    Furthermore, the figure you never see is the number of people saved by trees preventing them from crossing a divided highway and running head-on (the most dangerous type collision) into the traffic traveling in the opposite direction (like the recent accident on U.S. 49, mentioned above). Since almost all such tree-related deaths don't even occur on interstate highways, it is logical to assume that more people are saved by trees on interstates than are killed by leaving the road and striking them.

  • Light shielding. At night the bright lights of oncoming traffic had for the last 40 years been shielded from a motorist's eyes. But when all of the median trees are removed, that shield no longer exists and harsh glare must be endured for long stretches, which is both unsafe and uncomfortable.
  • Noise buffering. As traffic increases, our highways are much louder that they used to be, and another beneficial effect of trees is the buffering of that noise, both between lanes and from adjacent homes and communities. Without the trees, the roadways are markedly louder still. That has certainly been the experience in South Mississippi since Katrina, and even more so since the recent clear-cutting (which is removing much more than the storm did - everything).
  • Screening distractions/unsightly areas. The screening effect of trees on highway rights-of-way prevent motorists from being unnecessarily distracted from their driving, a major cause of accidents, and also hides unattractive roadside eyesores such as junk yards, auto grave yards, garbage dumps, etc. (obviously an economic development and environmental benefit as well).

    Maintenance/economics

  • Mowing. It is obvious that when trees exist on the right-of-way, that area does not have to be mowed or otherwise maintained. When the trees are cleared, that area then has to be mowed regularly. Southern District Highway Commissioner Wayne Brown's expansion from the federal clear zone guideline of 30 feet to 70 feet, obviously increases the area to be mowed by over 130 percent, and at a time when Mr. Brown is pointing out that gasoline and diesel costs are rising dramatically. Thus, clear-cutting the rights-of-way simply does not make economic sense. Furthermore, no one seems to know where Mr. Brown got the 70-foot distance he is using. It is certainly not a federal standard or a state standard or a standard of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. It appears to simply be Mr. Brown's personal agenda.
  • Erosion. Erosion also becomes a major problem once all of the trees are stripped from the land, which will have to be dealt with at great expense. Clear-cutting basically sets us back over 40 years, to the conditions of the rights-of-way just after original construction, with erosion, glare, noise and less safe conditions. And the taxpayers are actually paying to take this giant step backwards. MDOT has revealed that the current destruction on Interstate 59 is costing $1.37 million, although it is unclear exactly what part of the job that covers. It is clear that a Louisiana contractor is doing the work and gets to keep all of the timber removed.

    Environmental

    The urban forest previously located in our highway rights-of-way had environmental benefits which we have lost and will continue to lose if additional clearing is carried out. Storm-water runoff will obviously increase dramatically without vegetation, followed by erosion which must then be dealt with and controlled (at increased expense).

    Also, increased air pollution will occur, since trees are well known "air scrubbers" which produce oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the air. This is especially valuable in and around a highway, where such pollutants are being produced and are concentrated. Thus, as traffic and air pollution increases, trees are more important to highways now than ever before. But instead, Mr. Brown is bulldozing them down - all of them.

    Of course, the clearing of the trees also eliminates the buffers for sight and sound control, mentioned above, which are additional important reasons they were planted in the first place.

    Also, our highways will be much hotter without the shade and cooling effect of trees, which reduce glare and make driving more comfortable and safe.

    In short, the interstate system was built as a system of "greenbelts" or "parkways" which enhanced the natural environment of both our cities and our country side. Actually, the more affluent northern states have had beautiful parkways for many years before we got them down South through the interstate program. Now, sadly, we are destroying our parkway-like highways, and hereafter only our more enlightened neighbors will have them.

    Economic development

    Both former director of the Mississippi Development Authority, Leland Speed, and his successor, Gray Swoope, have long been advocates of the "curb appeal" of our cities, towns and country side. They see it as a very effective tool in economic development, which they have used whenever possible in the work of the authority. They are very much in favor of maintaining the greenbelt, parkway appearance of our interstate and other highways, and understand the connection between them and the economic development that our state works so hard to achieve.

    All of our neighboring states, for example Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, are working hard to preserve their beautiful interstate and other highways, and are also planting hundreds of thousands of new trees on their rights-of-way. Needless to say, clear-cutting our once beautiful parkways is going in the exact opposite direction, and will produce a stark and negative contrast to our neighboring states (with whom we compete economically and otherwise). We'll be competing with one hand tied behind our back.

    Beauty/aesthetics/quality of life

    There is no question that the well landscaped parkways the interstate system was designed to be, and has been for over 40 years, are simply more beautiful, aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to use than a hot, glary, barren, treeless plain (which causes monotony, another safety problem).

    Many visitors have for many years commented on the gorgeous tree-lined highways of Mississippi which, as noted above, have always played a prominent role in the state's tourist and economic development efforts. But of course the most important benefits are quality of life enhancements for Mississippi taxpayers right here at home.

    You will notice that the quality of life issues have been listed last. Many would rank them higher in importance, but this is to demonstrate that these are not merely tree-hugging, garden club-type issues, but serious safety, economic, environmental and economic development issues, in addition to ones of the great natural beauty and fine quality of life we formerly enjoyed here in the Pineless Belt.

    The Hattiesburg American put it well in its Editorial of July 19, 2008, when it said: "Commissioner Brown, it's time to step back from these practices and engage the communities you represent into coming up with guidelines that meet safety concerns and help beautify Mississippi.

    "Aesthetics and the environment are not to be dismissed. They play a significant part in Mississippi's quality of life and hence its economy."

    R. Webster Heidelberg is an attorney with the Heidelbert Law Firm in Hattiesburg. Contact him at wheidelberg@heidelber glaw.com.

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2008

    Traffic Flows On S.R. 60 In Clearwater After Boat Removal


    Employees from Marine Max and Stepp's Towing work to get a 26-foot Sundancer off Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at Sky Harbor Drive in Clearwater.

    Published: August 12, 2008

    Updated: 08/12/2008 09:16 am


    CLEARWATER - Morning traffic on busy Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard is moving again after a tow truck removed a boat that had fallen from a trailer and was blocking eastbound traffic, police said.

    The 26-foot boat was towed away about 8:40 a.m., clearing the busy thoroughfare that links Pinellas County and Tampa.

    The boat came loose about 6:30 a.m. and was blocking two lanes in the 2800 block of Gulf-to-Bay, or State Road 60, just east of U.S. 19.

    3 hurt as landscaper's trailer detaches, hits car


    Plainfield

    3 hurt as landscaper's trailer detaches, hits car

    A man and two children were taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora on Tuesday afternoon after a landscaping trailer became detached from a pickup truck in Plainfield and smashed into their Chevrolet Camaro, Plainfield Police Officer Jim Caliendo said.

    All three were believed to have suffered minor injuries.

    The accident occurred after 3 p.m. in the eastbound lane of 119th Street. The pickup truck in the westbound lane became separated from the trailer it was towing. The trailer, which held a landscaping vehicle, rolled into the other lane and collided with the Camaro, Caliendo said. A 31-year-old man and two children, ages 12 and 7, were injured.

    The driver of the pickup truck was cited with failing to secure a load and other moving violations, officials said.

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    Camper crash slows traffic on turnpike


    Camper crash slows traffic on turnpike

    By Central Maine Newspapers August 11, 2008 03:16 PM


    GARDINER--Traffic along the Maine Turnpike was slowed Monday afternoon after a camper trailer broke free from the SUV that was towing it and slid to a rest in the median.

    There were no injuries as a result of the accident, though traffic in the northbound lane was reduced to one lane for more than an hour as crews cleared the scene, said Trooper Jeff DeGeroot of the Maine State Police.

    The crash occurred on the northbound side a little before 1 p.m. near exit 103 where Interstate 295 merges with the turnpike. Phillip Hamlin, 54, of Sidney lost control of the 1995 Ford Bronco he was driving, causing the 27-foot camper trailer to swerve and break away from the truck, DeGeroot said.

    The camper rolled over onto its side and came to a rest in the median and left lane of the turnpike.

    The Bronco remained upright but was spun around by the force of the camper, DeGeroot said.

    Neither Hamlin nor his wife and two young children, all of whom were wearing seatbelts, was injured.

    The camper sustained significant damage, DeGeroot said. There was only minor damage to the Bronco.

    Neither speed nor alcohol was a factor in the crash, DeGeroot said. No charges are expected.

    Traffic was restored to all lanes by 2:30 p.m.

    Monday, August 11, 2008

    Two airlifted, one taken by ambulance after rollover







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    Two airlifted, one taken by ambulance after rollover (with PHOTOS, VIDEOS)


    Daily News

    Jason Guinn said it was very quick.

    The tire on the trailer blew, the truck jacknifed and flipped once and the green pickup landed on its roof near Gulf Islands National Seashore on Okaloosa Island.

    Two men riding in the truck bed were thrown as the vehicle went airborne. The driver's face hit the windshield.

    Guinn said when the screaching metal quieted and the accident was over, he was upside down in the passenger's seat.

    "I'm very blessed," Guinn said, only a few minutes after his three co-workers were taken to area hospitals. "It's like God laid down a pillow."

    Click here to see more photos of the accident.

    Guinn said he thought the other men would be OK, too. The pair in the rear of the vehicle were airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and the driver was carried by ambulance to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

    Guinn stood by a state trooper's car and watched as a wrecker service righted the overturned truck. The windshield was busted and a tire on the back driver's side had come completely off.

    The four men were carrying cement blocks and heading to Destin to build a seawall, Guinn said. He and the others were from Harvest Vineyard Ministries in Crestview.

    The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

    "When I saw that truck flip, I thought my God, those boys are gone," said Phillip Rose from Fort Walton Beach.

    Rose was heading westbound, opposite the truck when it flipped

    "The trailer had so much weight on it, it didn't flip," Rose said. "Those guys were very lucky to be alive."


    Sunday, August 10, 2008

    Loose Trailer Accident Man in custody after bizarre I-5 accident



    Traffic backed up after the accident on northbound Interstate 5 near Highway 526.

    By KOMO Staff

    EVERETT - Police have captured a 60-year-old Sedro Woolley man who tried to elude them after a bizarre accident on Interstate 5 Saturday afternoon.

    The strange series of events began in the northbound lanes of I-5 near the Highway 526 exit when the man lost control of a pickup he was using to tow a travel-trailer.

    The travel-trailer came unhooked from the pickup and crashed. The man slowed or stopped the pickup, but then suddenly took off.

    Some motorists who were at the scene called 911, then took off in pursuit of the man in their vehicles.

    Washington State Patrol troopers took up the chase as the man neared Lake Stevens. The man then ditched his pickup at 20th Street Southeast and Highway 2, and ran into the woods.

    Troopers were soon able to take him into custody, and recognized him as someone with a lengthy criminal history.

    After he was captured, the man told troopers he had lost control of his rig on the freeway. He said he suffered a panic attack, and that is why he fled the scene.

    He was taken to the hospital to be checked out, then will be booked into jail on suspicion of hit and run.

    Meanwhile, a state Transportation Department crew headed to the wreck of the travel-trailer on I-5 to clean up 20 gallons of sewage and waste that spilled out of it during the crash.

    Morning crash on I-75 causes $50,000 damage Lost Control Of Trailer


    Morning crash on I-75 causes $50,000 damage Lost Control Of Trailer


    News-press.com • August 9, 2008

    obby Cobb of Auburndale, Fla., was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. According to the report, the accident caused $50,000 worth of damage.

    Cobb was driving north on I-75 with a trailer in tow when he lost control and crashed with the west side concrete wall. The car rotated clockwise and jackknifed, coming to a stop on I-75 in the inside left lane.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008

    Road closed as trailer collapses utility pole Loose Trailer


    Road closed as trailer collapses utility pole


    Updated: 08/09/08 5:49 AM

    JAMESTOWN — Route 62 in Frewsburg was closed for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon after a runaway horse trailer sheared a utility pole in half, Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies said.

    Police said Russell A. Spunaugle, 60, of Jamestown was driving east on Route 62 in a Ford pickup, towing an empty horse trailer about 1:30 p. m. when he hit a bump and the trailer broke loose, deputies said.

    The trailer crossed the center line and struck the utility pole in front of 196 Main St., Frewsburg.

    Loose Trailer Causes Multi-vehicle accident bogs down southbound I-15



    August 8th, 2008 @ 3:27pm

    (KSL News) An accident involving several vehicles is caused heavy traffic delays on southbound I-15 at 13200 South this afternoon.

    Utah Highway Patrol troopers say a pickup truck was traveling southbound while pulling a boat behind it when the boat came loose. A Ford pickup truck traveling behind the first truck was unable to stop and hit the boat.

    After hitting the boat, the Ford veered into another lane of traffic and into a tractor-trailer. This second collision caused the Ford to roll into the median.

    The driver of the Ford escaped with minor injuries and was taken to Alta View Hospital for treatment.

    Loose trailer collides with motorcyclist



    Loose trailer collides with motorcyclist
    May 3rd, 2008 @ 10:04pm

    (KSL News) A motorcycle accident on I-80 this afternoon shut down Parley's Canyon.

    A utility trailer came unattached from a car heading down the canyon. A motorcyclist behind it couldn't stop in time and slammed into it.

    The motorcylist was flown to the hospital in critical condition.

    I-80 was closed for some time but has since reopened.

    UHP believes strong wind started accident that killed three



    UHP believes strong wind started accident that killed three
    July 9th, 2008 @ 10:13am

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Highway Patrol believes strong winds may have caused a rollover accident that killed a Murray man and his two stepchildren.

    A UHP spokesman says conditions were windy Sunday on State Road 24 near Hanksville. Darren Westerfield was driving a sport utility vehicle and pulling a boat on a trailer, creating more surface area for the wind to hit.

    Troopers believe Westerfield lost control of the SUV, which rolled off of the road. Tyler Hibler, 15, and 7-year-old Alissa Keep also died in the crash. Four other family members survived.

    TRAILER STRIKES GIRL PLAYING IN FRONT YARD

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    January 29, 1999

    Edition: St. Lucie County
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    TRAILER STRIKES GIRL PLAYING IN FRONT YARD
    Article Text:FORT PIERCE - A trailer hauling two large cement mixers broke loose from the back of a moving truck last Wednesday and struck a 4-year-old girl playing in the front yard of her South 25th Street house.

    Brittany Leavesley was sitting on her front lawn playing with a purple toy truck about 5 p.m. when the trailer crossed at least two lanes of traffic and careened onto her play area near the driveway of her house at 2521 S. 25th St., Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Mac Mickens said.

    Brittany was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach and remains in serious but stable condition. Mickens said the girl was thrown onto the next-door neighbor's yard before the cement mixers and trailer crashed into a red Pontiac Sunbird and a red and white Ford truck parked on Brittany's front yard. Robert N. Tucholski, 47, of 3044 Oleander Blvd., was towing the trailer on the back of a large crane truck from R&J Crane Service while northbound on 25th Street before the trailer separated.

    Tucholski will be charged with improperly securing the trailer, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pembrook Burrows. Burrows said Tuesday that Tucholski neglected to hook up the safety chains that would have prevented the accident. Tucholski told investigators on the day of the accident that the chains had been connected.

    Onlookers gathered in neighboring yards as the sun went down, watching troopers and sheriff's deputies gather evidence from the mixers and other vehicles in the yard where Brittany's broken toys lay scattered. Next-door neighbor Kimberly DeCamp, 11, said she heard screams, then her brother ran in the house and told her to call the police because Brittany was hurt..

    "I heard people yelling "Brittany's been hit," DeCamp said as she fought back tears. "Her mom was shaking and crying, and the whole family went to the hospital." DeCamp said Brittany often played in her front yard with her toys and the family's puppies. Brittany's parents, Helen and James Leavesley, filed suit against the crane company Monday afternoon, alleging Tucholski negligently operated the crane truck, which caused the trailer to break loose and injure Brittany.

    "It doesn't get much worse than this," said West Palm Beach attorney Adam Doner, who represents the Leavesleys. "Brittany's been in and out of a coma with traumatic head injuries." A representative from R&J Crane Services said he could not comment about the lawsuit because he had not consulted the company's attorney.

    Doner said that he sent investigators to the scene Monday afternoon and that the trailer was not appropriate for carrying the mixing buckets. He also said he thinks an incorrect hitch was used to attach the trailer to the crane truck. "I believe that's what the police will come to find," Doner said. The lawsuit claims Brittany has suffered disfigurement, mental anguish and loss of ability to earn money. Helen Leavesley, who witnessed the accident, also claims she has suffered psychological trauma, according to the lawsuit.

    "Helen Leavesley, while sitting on her front lawn watching her daughter playing a few feet away saw and heard a trailer crash into her child throwing the child into the air and landing in a neighbor's yard," the lawsuit states. Doner said Helen Leavesley was sitting only a few feet away from Brittany. She has spent most of the past two days with her daughter in the hospital, he said. "I'm sure she's going to suffer more when she has time to settle down, but she's got to take care of her cub first," he said. Caption:

    (B/W) photo by Ian Solender: Robert N. Tuchoiski of R & J Crane Services talks with Florida Highway Patrolman Mac Mickens last Wednesday after a trailer attached to his truck came loose and struck a 4-year-old girl playing in her yard at 2621 S. 25th St. in Fort Pierce.
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    TRAILER STRIKES GIRL PLAYING IN FRONT YARD

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    January 29, 1999

    Edition: St. Lucie County
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    TRAILER STRIKES GIRL PLAYING IN FRONT YARD
    Article Text:FORT PIERCE - A trailer hauling two large cement mixers broke loose from the back of a moving truck last Wednesday and struck a 4-year-old girl playing in the front yard of her South 25th Street house.

    Brittany Leavesley was sitting on her front lawn playing with a purple toy truck about 5 p.m. when the trailer crossed at least two lanes of traffic and careened onto her play area near the driveway of her house at 2521 S. 25th St., Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Mac Mickens said.

    Brittany was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach and remains in serious but stable condition. Mickens said the girl was thrown onto the next-door neighbor's yard before the cement mixers and trailer crashed into a red Pontiac Sunbird and a red and white Ford truck parked on Brittany's front yard. Robert N. Tucholski, 47, of 3044 Oleander Blvd., was towing the trailer on the back of a large crane truck from R&J Crane Service while northbound on 25th Street before the trailer separated.

    Tucholski will be charged with improperly securing the trailer, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pembrook Burrows. Burrows said Tuesday that Tucholski neglected to hook up the safety chains that would have prevented the accident. Tucholski told investigators on the day of the accident that the chains had been connected.

    Onlookers gathered in neighboring yards as the sun went down, watching troopers and sheriff's deputies gather evidence from the mixers and other vehicles in the yard where Brittany's broken toys lay scattered. Next-door neighbor Kimberly DeCamp, 11, said she heard screams, then her brother ran in the house and told her to call the police because Brittany was hurt..

    "I heard people yelling "Brittany's been hit," DeCamp said as she fought back tears. "Her mom was shaking and crying, and the whole family went to the hospital." DeCamp said Brittany often played in her front yard with her toys and the family's puppies. Brittany's parents, Helen and James Leavesley, filed suit against the crane company Monday afternoon, alleging Tucholski negligently operated the crane truck, which caused the trailer to break loose and injure Brittany.

    "It doesn't get much worse than this," said West Palm Beach attorney Adam Doner, who represents the Leavesleys. "Brittany's been in and out of a coma with traumatic head injuries." A representative from R&J Crane Services said he could not comment about the lawsuit because he had not consulted the company's attorney.

    Doner said that he sent investigators to the scene Monday afternoon and that the trailer was not appropriate for carrying the mixing buckets. He also said he thinks an incorrect hitch was used to attach the trailer to the crane truck. "I believe that's what the police will come to find," Doner said. The lawsuit claims Brittany has suffered disfigurement, mental anguish and loss of ability to earn money. Helen Leavesley, who witnessed the accident, also claims she has suffered psychological trauma, according to the lawsuit.

    "Helen Leavesley, while sitting on her front lawn watching her daughter playing a few feet away saw and heard a trailer crash into her child throwing the child into the air and landing in a neighbor's yard," the lawsuit states. Doner said Helen Leavesley was sitting only a few feet away from Brittany. She has spent most of the past two days with her daughter in the hospital, he said. "I'm sure she's going to suffer more when she has time to settle down, but she's got to take care of her cub first," he said. Caption:

    (B/W) photo by Ian Solender: Robert N. Tuchoiski of R & J Crane Services talks with Florida Highway Patrolman Mac Mickens last Wednesday after a trailer attached to his truck came loose and struck a 4-year-old girl playing in her yard at 2621 S. 25th St. in Fort Pierce.
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    Driver of semi hits trailer that came loose from pickup

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    February 1, 2008

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    Driver of semi hits trailer that came loose from pickup
    Author: Staff Staff
    Article Text:SLAYTON, Minn. - A 60-year-old Slayton man escaped serious injury Thursday morning when the semi he was driving collided with a trailer that had come loose from a pickup driving in front of him.

    Roger A. Hamann was treated and released at an area hospital after the wreck on Highway 30 east of Hadley, Minn., according to Minnesota State Patrol officials. The accident happened at 8:47 a.m.

    The driver of the Ford pickup, Brent Staab, 24, of Slayton was unaware that he had lost the trailer, patrol officials said. -


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    May 21, 2008

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    Article Text:No one hurt when trailer strikes home No one was hurt when a trailer came loose from the truck that was hauling it Monday and struck a house.

    The incident occurred at 4:20 p.m. on South 11 Mile Road near West LaPorte Road, reports the Midland County Sheriff's Office. Driver Shane Derek Maltby, 28, Freeland, told deputies he incorrectly attached a vehicle dolly to the GMC Sierra he was driving.

    The trailer came loose and went off the left side of the road, hitting a home at 3867 S. 11 Mile. The home's siding was damaged. Maltby was ticketed for spilling of load. Saginaw man convicted of federal drug charges

    A 30-year-old Saginaw man was convicted of federal drug charges on Friday by a federal jury. The conviction of Marcus Conway came after a jury deliberated for two hours at the end of a three day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Thomas L. Ludington. Evidence presented during the trial showed Conway was trafficking cocaine in the Saginaw area during 2007 and that he's sold cocaine base to a government informant three different times in June and July of 2007.

    The indictment came after state and local law enforcement officers, including the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Saginaw SAFE Streets team, investigated the drug trafficking activities of Saginaw gangs, including the Sunnyside Gang. In the past, Conway has been convicted three times on felony drug charges and once for perjury. As a result, the mandatory minimum sentence for the newest conviction is 10 years.
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    Trailer crash leaves M-53 traffic hogtied Loose Trailer

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    Times Herald (Port Huron, MI)
    February 19, 2008

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    Page: 1A

    Trailer crash leaves M-53 traffic hogtied
    Author: BOBBY AMPEZZANStaff
    Article Text:By BOBBY AMPEZZAN Times Herald A livestock trailer that came unhitched on M-53 in Marlette Township on Monday let loose about a half-dozen pigs and backed up traffic for miles. Sanilac County sheriff Sgt.

    Robert Willis said the accident happened about 1 p.m. near Walker Road and injured a 52-year-old Port Hope woman who slammed her older model Ford Taurus into the trailer. Her injuries are unknown, but she was able to give police a statement about the accident before being taken to Marlette Regional Hospital. One of the pigs died in the accident.

    For the others, freedom was short-lived. Their owner, a 32-year-old Deford man, was en route to a game ranch in the northern part of Sanilac County, Willis said. Once the hogs were rounded up, a bystander who happened to have an empty livestock trailer volunteered to take the Deford pigs to the game ranch, a place where animals are hunted in a contained area.

    Willis wasn't sure which game ranch the hogs were taken to or how the pigs' owner and the bystander arrived at the agreement. The Deford man told police it was the force of air from a passing tractor-trailer that blew the livestock trailer loose from its hitch.

    At that point, the front end of the trailer hit the road, causing it to roll end over end before landing finally on its side and being hit by the Port Hope woman. Another motorist, a 52-year-old Saginaw man, swerved to avoid the trailer and hit a guardrail, but he was uninjured, police said. Willis said the accident and the ensuing hog roundup closed the highway for nearly two hours. "It was kind of a Sanilac County moment," Willis said.

    The Deford man will be cited for "failure to maintain equipment/safety chains," Willis said. While the driver argued he had properly secured the livestock trailer with chains to his truck, no such safety chains were found at the scene, Willis said. The accident investigation is continuing. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. Contact Bobby Ampezzan at (810) 989-6273 or bampezzan@gannett.com.
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    Trailer crash leaves M-53 traffic hogtied Loose Trailer


    Times Herald (Port Huron, MI)
    February 19, 2008

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    Trailer crash leaves M-53 traffic hogtied
    Author: BOBBY AMPEZZANStaff
    Article Text:By BOBBY AMPEZZAN Times Herald A livestock trailer that came unhitched on M-53 in Marlette Township on Monday let loose about a half-dozen pigs and backed up traffic for miles. Sanilac County sheriff Sgt.

    Robert Willis said the accident happened about 1 p.m. near Walker Road and injured a 52-year-old Port Hope woman who slammed her older model Ford Taurus into the trailer. Her injuries are unknown, but she was able to give police a statement about the accident before being taken to Marlette Regional Hospital. One of the pigs died in the accident.

    For the others, freedom was short-lived. Their owner, a 32-year-old Deford man, was en route to a game ranch in the northern part of Sanilac County, Willis said. Once the hogs were rounded up, a bystander who happened to have an empty livestock trailer volunteered to take the Deford pigs to the game ranch, a place where animals are hunted in a contained area.

    Willis wasn't sure which game ranch the hogs were taken to or how the pigs' owner and the bystander arrived at the agreement. The Deford man told police it was the force of air from a passing tractor-trailer that blew the livestock trailer loose from its hitch.

    At that point, the front end of the trailer hit the road, causing it to roll end over end before landing finally on its side and being hit by the Port Hope woman. Another motorist, a 52-year-old Saginaw man, swerved to avoid the trailer and hit a guardrail, but he was uninjured, police said. Willis said the accident and the ensuing hog roundup closed the highway for nearly two hours. "It was kind of a Sanilac County moment," Willis said.

    The Deford man will be cited for "failure to maintain equipment/safety chains," Willis said. While the driver argued he had properly secured the livestock trailer with chains to his truck, no such safety chains were found at the scene, Willis said. The accident investigation is continuing. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. Contact Bobby Ampezzan at (810) 989-6273 or bampezzan@gannett.com.
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    Woman hurt when loose trailer causes crash on I-90

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    BRIEF: Woman hurt when loose trailer causes crash on I-90
    Author: La Crosse Tribune, Wis.

    Article Text:May 10 A small utility trailer pulled by a pickup truck on westbound Interstate 90 became detached between exits 2 and 3, traveled through the median, hit a guardrail on eastbound I-90 and was struck by a car about 7:45 a.m. Friday.

    The driver of the car, Bonnie Anderson, 46, of La Crosse, was taken to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

    The driver of the truck was Warren Booth, 45, of Holmen, Wis. - To see more of the La Crosse Tribune or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.lacrossetribune.com/. Copyright (c) 2008, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. For reprints, email tmsreprints@permissionsgroup.com, call 800-374-7985 or 847-635-6550, send a fax to 847-635-6968, or write to The Permissions Group Inc., 1247 Milwaukee Ave., Suite 303, Glenview, IL 60025, USA.

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    Trailer breaks loose

    Trailer breaks loose

    A runaway trailer caused chaos on Waimea Rd yesterday, after it became detached from a ute and hurtled downhill towards Stoke. Nelson Fire Service senior station officer Chris Perkins said the trailer broke free about 7.30pm, while the ute was travelling downhill. The trailer overtook the car and crashed into a fence. The action of the trailer detaching caused the ute to flip over and end up on its roof. Mr Perkins said the four people travelling in the ute were uninjured, and it was lucky that the trailer had not collided with a passing car. Firefighters from Nelson and Stoke stayed at the scene of the accident for more than an hour to keep traffic flowing.

    Highway Tumble Doesn't Stop Welder Loose Trailer

    Highway Tumble Doesn't Stop Welder.(Brief Article)

    A suspension failure caused the trailer Paul Goodwin was towing to tip over. His nearly new Hobart Champion 10,000 generator/welder broke loose from its mounts on a barge carried by the trailer.

    "The machine literally tumbled end-over-end down the road at 50 miles per hour," says Goodwin, who is president of a marine construction company called Watermark Navigation Systems. "It flipped over at least four times. I obviously thought that I'd be buying a new machine."

    Back at the shop, Goodwin removed the battered cover from the welder. Components looked good, so he started it up.

    "The damage was all cosmetic," he says. Despite the dents and scratches, Goodwin continues to use the Champion 10,000 every day.

    "One of these days I'll have to have the cover replaced," he says.

    Sheet metal encloses the engine, protecting the engine components. The front bezel--a frame of engineered plastic like that used to make car bumpers--protrudes from the front panel and likely protected the controls

    BOAT CLOGS I-275 Loose Trailer

    BOAT CLOGS I-275.(News)

    POLICE -- A large boat being towed by an SUV broke loose from its trailer on eastbound Interstate 275 in Northern Kentucky Friday night and landed on the interstate, clogging traffic for nearly two hours.

    Taylor Mill police said nobody was injured in the 8:14 p.m. accident that happened just west of the Licking River. Police said something appeared to happen to a wheel of the SUV, causing it to lose control and jar loose the 24-foot Bayliner it was hauling.

    Wednesday, August 6, 2008

    Crash on I-5 blocks traffic near Iowa Street


    Jul, 27, 2008

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    A jackknifed SUV and trailer blocked southbound traffic on Interstate 5 near the Iowa Street exit for an hour Saturday, July 26.

    A 40-year-old Lynden woman was driving the SUV and towing a travel-trailer when she hit a bump in the road. The trailer began to wobble and she lost control of the car, which jackknifed and blocked all lanes of traffic at 12:10 p.m.

    The four passengers in the SUV were not injured, said Trooper Keith Leary of the Washington State Patrol. Troopers are reviewing the incident to determine if the driver should be cited.

    He did not release the woman’s name, and said her relatives own the car and trailer.

    Traffic backed up for one mile, and it took an hour to clear the accident and reopen all lanes of traffic, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

    Goffstown driver killed in I-93 crash


    Goffstown driver killed in I-93 crash

    Article Date: Saturday, July 26, 2008
    A 44-year-old Goffstown man was killed Friday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving, with a camper in tow on Interstate 93, started to sway in the roadway and the vehicle ended up rolling over and landing on its roof in the median.

    Members of the New Hampshire State Police working out of the Troop D Barracks in Concord responded to the accident, which took place in the northbound lane of the interstate in New Hampton. Upon arrival on scene Troopers found one vehicle involved in the accident.

    The vehicle, a 2006 Ford Expedition, was towing a 28-foot campter trailer and was being driven by 44-year-old Kirk Lang of Goffstown. Also in the vehicle were Heidi Lang, 41, and Corey Lang, 13, who were also from Goffstown.

    According to police, the preliminary investigation reveled that while northbound the truck started to sway to the point that Kirk Lang lost control and the vehicle rolled over into the median. The vehicle and trailer separated and both coming to rest in the median, the vehicle on it roof.

    Police said he was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, receiving extensive injuries. Kirk Lang was transported to Speare Memorial Hospital Plymouth where he was pronounced dead from the injuries sustained in the accident.

    The other two passengers in the vehicle were wearing seat belts and were not ejected and were not injured as a result of the accident.

    Assisting the Troopers at the scene of the accident were members of the, the New Hampton Fire Department, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

    The factors as to what caused the accident are currently being investigated at this time by Trooper Sean Faherty from Troop D.

    Woman killed in crash

    Woman killed in crash

    A Calhan woman died Friday afternoon when a cement-pumper trailer came off an approaching truck on U.S. Highway 24 and sheared off the left side of her car.

    The 54-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was driving a Chevrolet sedan east and had just passed Judge Orr Road shortly after noon when the 5,000-pound trailer came loose, authorities said.

    She died before rescuers arrived, said Colorado State Patrol Master Sgt. Tony Rasnake.

    Rasnake said investigators do not know how the trailer came off, but speculate the pin keeping it secured to the hitch might have failed.

    The chains and safety equipment on the trailer seemed to meet state requirements, he said.

    Investigators do not think excessive speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, Rasnake said.

    Rasnake said investigators have not determined whether the driver of the truck will face any charges.

    The truck apparently belonged to Kodiak Concrete Pumping, but a person reached at the company declined to comment on the crash.

    Truck loses boat at busy NN intersection: No one was injured when the boat hit three cars stopped at Jefferson Avenue and Oyster Point Road

    Truck loses boat at busy NN intersection: No one was injured when the boat hit three cars stopped at Jefferson Avenue and Oyster Point Road.

    Byline: Jennifer Latson

    Nov. 28--NEWPORT NEWS -- A boat came loose from a trailer and collided with three cars at a busy Newport News intersection late Monday night. No one was injured.

    A pickup truck pulling a white 19-foot motorboat was crossing Jefferson Avenue on Oyster Point Road, heading west, when the trailer came unhinged and sent the boat sailing into a line of facing cars waiting to turn left onto Jefferson.

    The accident happened just before 9 p.m. and snarled traffic at the crossing of Newport News' most dangerous intersection.

    The boat hit the side of an unmarked Virginia State Police car, then bounced on top of Tom Sobkowicz's car, shattering the rear windshield and showering glass into the back seat, where Sobkowicz's 5-year-old son was sleeping.

    "It just popped off and came toward us," said Sobkowicz, who lives in Newport News. His son was unharmed.

    Selena Stellute Glenn, 29, of Williamsburg, was waiting at the light to turn toward her home when she saw the boat bouncing toward her. It came to rest on the hood of her Ford Expedition, its bow just inches from the windshield.

    "It was like slow motion," Glenn said. "It was unbelievable."

    Virginia State Police were investigating the crash because a state police car was involved.

    A state trooper declined to comment on the accident.

    Witnesses said the driver pulling the boat was not speeding or driving erratically. He had just bought the new boat and was bringing it home, he said.

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