Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hall man killed in Commerce crash


Was the trailer overloaded?

Is this trailer inspected at all?

How was the Trailer attached to the Ball?

What training did the driver receive?

What standards are in place for a Utility Trailer In Georgia?

This accident did not have to happen, our organization is deeply unsettled by the loss of another life.

Hall man killed in Commerce crash

Athens Banner-Herald | Story updated at 10:30 pm on 6/16/2009

A crash on the Commerce bypass killed a Hall County man and left two others with serious injuries.

A pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with mulch overturned on U.S. Highway 441 near Georgia Highway 98 shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The wreck killed the driver, Israel Contreras-Alvarez, 57, of Flowery Branch, according to the Georgia State Patrol's Athens post.

Two passengers were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville with serious injuries. A patrol operator identified them as Oscar Vallejo, 37, of Gainesville, and Israel Contreras-Partida, 30, of Dade City, Fla.

The truck was heading north when the trailer began to sway, and the vehicle went into a ditch and overturned.

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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