Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Utility Trailer Hits Highway 4 Bridge

Trailer Hits Highway 4 Bridge

October 11, 2009

Highway 4 at Canoe Creek was closed for a short time Sunday afternoon after a driver lost control of a utility trailer hauling a pickup truck, and the trailer struck the bridge.

The accident happened about 12:45 between Bratt and Byrneville. Authorities say the driver of a Mercury Mountaineer that was pulling the trailer lost control on the steep hill approaching the bridge. That’s when the trailer spun around, hitting the bridge and the back of the Mountaineer.

The trailer was removed from the bridge a short time after the accident by an individual with a tractor.

There were no injuries in the crash. The accident is still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

Pictured above: A individual uses a tractor to remove and a truck and trailer that struck a Highway 4 bridge Sunday afternoon. Pictured below: The Mercury Mountaineer that was pulling the trailer before the driver lost control. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


7 Responses to “Trailer Hits Highway 4 Bridge”

  1. sylvia Godwin on October 12th, 2009 9:13 pm

    my brother in law was killed by a trailer coming loose from a truck and hitting him head on. When I see anything being pulled it makes me so nerveous. I am glad no one was passing by at that time, or they could have been hurt really bad or worse yet killed. I hope they do a good investigation of the situation

  2. happy on October 12th, 2009 8:38 pm

    i am just glad nobody was hurt.

  3. Observer on October 12th, 2009 7:53 pm

    Appears to be about a 5,000 lb. truck and 800 lb. trailer. Probably no brakes on trailer or no brake controller on Mountaineer. Mountaineer not legally rated to pull such a load. Also appears to be a 2,000 lb. hitch on the Mercury. It was an accident waiting to happen. Good thing no one was seriously hurt. Ticket(s) probably will be part of the investigation.

  4. S.L.B on October 12th, 2009 12:37 pm

    I’m thankful our teenage daughter wasn’t on her way to Century to go to work at that time.

    My husband said he saw this outfit drive by our home and the man’s SUV was doing all it could do to pull the load. This man should have known better and I hope that he recieves a citation and fine, This couldve turned out much worse when the trailer jackknifed, could’ve hit another oncoming vehichle.

  5. Ron Melancon on Your comment is awaiting moderation. October 12th, 2009 10:28 am

    Please,,, please,,, go to www.dangeroustrailers.org

    Please note that anybody can drive one… Your State is one of the worst with respects to the loss of life….

    You just had a major accident in your part of the world.. and last month a Tampa mother lost her life due to a loose trailer.

    Why do we continue to allow this to happen?

  6. Century girl on October 12th, 2009 12:26 am

    That bridge is sooo narrow. Many times crossing that bridge
    if meeting a car, truck, 18 wheeler
    they will generally be on your side
    of the road.

    It sure should be straightened and widened before there’s a bad wreck on it.

  7. CONCERNED PARENT 32535 on October 11th, 2009 8:21 pm


  8. Oversight on October 11th, 2009 3:00 pm

    Fortunately, nobody was injured in this crash. From the photos it appears that the trailer was loaded with a full size pick-up which would exceed a 3,000 lb load. Did the trailer have required brakes for this load? Steep hills coupled with heavy loads are true accidents waiting to happen.

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