Loose trailer snarls I-26 traffic

Loose trailer snarls I-26 traffic

There are 6 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Dec 18, 2007, titled Loose trailer snarls I-26 traffic. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Crews are clearing a small traffic accident this morning on Interstate 26. About 6:23 a.m., a pickup truck towing two utility trailers lost one of the trailers just before the Skyland exit on I-26 west, an N.C. ...

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Ron Melancon

Sterling, VA

#1 Dec 18, 2007
Again... Please go here to see a viedo..

And here is a story printed just last week..
I am just a nobody who works in a department store that decided to make a difference.
Random victims of negligence.... www.dangeroustrailers.com
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/fron...
Tyson Merrifield | Died: Aug. 8, 2007 Location: Near Billings, Mont. The 26-year-old roofer and ironworker was killed when his pickup was struck head-on by a horse trailer. Both the trailer's hitch and its safety chains had broken, a police report said.
Susan Kaiser | Injured: March 9, 2007 Location: Jackson Township, N.J. A landscaping trailer detached from a dump truck and plowed into a school minibus, severely injuring Kaiser, 58, the driver. The trailer's hitch was worn and its brakes didn't work. The landscaping company paid $1,078 in fines and fees.
Karen Simpson | Died: Jan. 17, 2007 Location: Glynn County, Ga. Simpson, 48, was killed when a runaway trailer struck her Chevy Blazer. The trailer came loose because its coupler was too wide to secure the hitch ball on the truck towing it. The driver was sentenced to 90 days in jail for second-degree homicide.
Charles Lewis | Died: Jan. 4, 2006 Location: Lee's Summit, Mo. Lewis, a 59-year-old postal worker, was decapitated when a runaway trailer hurtled across a highway median and smashed into his SUV. The trailer's coupler was too large for the hitch ball on the truck pulling it, and its emergency braking system was inoperable.
Erika Hills | Died: Aug. 17, 2005 Location: Napa County, Calif. Hills, a 61-year-old socialite and philanthropist, was killed when a runaway trailer cut her car nearly in half. The trailer had not been properly attached and lacked an emergency braking device required by California law.
John T. Lotter | Died: Aug. 4, 2005 Location: Oconto County, Wis. Lotter, 42, died when a trailer separated from a pickup and struck his GMC Sierra. The pickup's hitch ball was too small to fit securely within the trailer coupler. The trailer's safety chains were also inadequate and its emergency braking system didn't work.
Earl J. Buetow | Died: Dec. 15, 2004 Location: Northern Los Angeles County Buetow, 74, was driving home from a medical appointment when a trailer decoupled and an SUV swerved to avoid it, plowing into his truck. Police found that the trailer had been improperly hitched.
Robin Teller | Died: Aug. 9, 2003 Location: Hillsdale County, Mich. Teller, 41, was killed by a runaway trailer while walking with a friend on a country road. The friend suffered severe leg injuries. The driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and negligent homicide. He was sentenced to a year in jail.
Susan Philpott | Died: June 29, 2001 Location: Niceville, Fla. Philpott, 34, was walking with her son, 3, and twin daughters, 1, when a trailer carrying concrete blocks broke loose, plowing into her; the children were unharmed. The driver was sentenced to three years in prison for negligent manslaughter.
Ron Melancon Part Two

Sterling, VA

#2 Dec 18, 2007
Runaway trailers leave random victims
Two triplets and their father died when a wood-chipper, foreground, broke free from a truck and smashed into a minivan in Pennsylvania. The truck driver hadn't checked the hookup or used safety chains. He was going about 70 in a 45-mph zone.
In untrained or careless hands, tow loads too often become unguided missiles, hurtling toward the defenseless. Rules are rarely enforced.
By Myron Levin and Alan C. Miller, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
December 9, 2007
RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, PA.-- Spencer Morrison was a stickler for safety. The middle-school teacher had precious cargo to protect -- his 4-year-old triplets, Ethan, Garret and Alaina. Only the best minivan and top-of-the-line car seats would do.
None of that mattered when a trailer -- a 3-ton wood-chipper on wheels -- broke loose from a truck and careened into oncoming traffic like an unguided missile on April 13, 2006.
It smashed into the minivan and "just blew the vehicle apart," the local police chief, T. Robert Amann, recalled. Morrison, 37, and two of the triplets died instantly. Ethan suffered a fractured skull and other injuries but survived.
The truck driver, Bradley Demitras, hadn't checked to make sure the chipper was securely hitched to his vehicle. He also failed to connect the safety chains, which are supposed to keep a trailer attached if the hookup fails. Demitras pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and is serving nine to 18 months in jail.
Runaway trailers are a little-known but persistent cause of devastating crashes, deaths and injuries across the country.
The government does not keep nationwide statistics on accidents caused by trailer decouplings. But a Times review of news reports and court files identified about 540 such crashes since 2000. They resulted in at least 164 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Because some accidents aren't reported by news media or captured in electronic archives, the numbers likely understate the frequency of such incidents.
Shortly before Demitras' sentencing this past May, a runaway trailer triggered a chain-reaction wreck on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland that killed three people and snarled traffic for nearly eight hours.
In August, a Montana man perished when a loose trailer struck his pickup head-on.
In September, a motorist died in Spring Hill, Fla., when a trailer broke free and hit her car.
Runaway-trailer crashes are notable for the cruel coincidences of place and time that put the victim in the path of a rolling projectile. Most of the victims are helpless motorists, but pedestrians have also been injured or killed -- including children waiting for a bus or walking home from school. Runaway trailers have even crashed into living rooms and bedrooms.
The accidents reviewed by The Times involved trailers of varying kinds -- for hauling boats, horses, gardening equipment, household goods and autos. A large majority were light- and medium-duty trailers, as opposed to big rigs. Most were owned by individuals or businesses, a small proportion by equipment-rental companies such as U-Haul International Inc.
Many of the crashes stemmed from elementary mistakes, such as failing to engage a locking device when hitching a trailer. Rarely was just one blunder responsible. More often, drivers neglected a series of precautions, any one of which might have prevented a tragedy.
Ron Melancon Part Two

Sterling, VA

#3 Dec 18, 2007
Go here to see what happens when these trailers come unhiched as if Firemen have a
problem and they are professionals then how about ordinary people who tow?


I am just a nobody who works in a department store that decided to make a difference.

Random victims of negligence.... www.dangeroustrailers.com

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/fron...
Tyson Merrifield | Died: Aug. 8, 2007 Location: Near Billings, Mont. The 26-year-old roofer and ironworker was killed when his pickup was struck head-on by a horse trailer. Both the trailer's hitch and its safety chains had broken, a police report said.

Susan Kaiser | Injured: March 9, 2007 Location: Jackson Township, N.J. A landscaping trailer detached from a dump truck and plowed into a school minibus, severely injuring Kaiser, 58, the driver. The trailer's hitch was worn and its brakes didn't work. The landscaping company paid $1,078 in fines and fees.

Karen Simpson | Died: Jan. 17, 2007 Location: Glynn County, Ga. Simpson, 48, was killed when a runaway trailer struck her Chevy Blazer. The trailer came loose because its coupler was too wide to secure the hitch ball on the truck towing it. The driver was sentenced to 90 days in jail for second-degree homicide.

Charles Lewis | Died: Jan. 4, 2006 Location: Lee's Summit, Mo. Lewis, a 59-year-old postal worker, was decapitated when a runaway trailer hurtled across a highway median and smashed into his SUV. The trailer's coupler was too large for the hitch ball on the truck pulling it, and its emergency braking system was inoperable.

Erika Hills | Died: Aug. 17, 2005 Location: Napa County, Calif. Hills, a 61-year-old socialite and philanthropist, was killed when a runaway trailer cut her car nearly in half. The trailer had not been properly attached and lacked an emergency braking device required by California law.

John T. Lotter | Died: Aug. 4, 2005 Location: Oconto County, Wis. Lotter, 42, died when a trailer separated from a pickup and struck his GMC Sierra. The pickup's hitch ball was too small to fit securely within the trailer coupler. The trailer's safety chains were also inadequate and its emergency braking system didn't work.

Earl J. Buetow | Died: Dec. 15, 2004 Location: Northern Los Angeles County Buetow, 74, was driving home from a medical appointment when a trailer decoupled and an SUV swerved to avoid it, plowing into his truck. Police found that the trailer had been improperly hitched.

Robin Teller | Died: Aug. 9, 2003 Location: Hillsdale County, Mich. Teller, 41, was killed by a runaway trailer while walking with a friend on a country road. The friend suffered severe leg injuries. The driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and negligent homicide. He was sentenced to a year in jail.

Susan Philpott | Died: June 29, 2001 Location: Niceville, Fla. Philpott, 34, was walking with her son, 3, and twin daughters, 1, when a trailer carrying concrete blocks broke loose, plowing into her; the children were unharmed. The driver was sentenced to three years in prison for negligent manslaughter.

Runaway trailers leave random victims

Two triplets and their father died when a wood-chipper, foreground, broke free from a truck and smashed into a minivan in Pennsylvania. The truck driver hadn't checked the hookup or used safety chains. He was going about 70 in a 45-mph zone.
In untrained or careless hands, tow loads too often become unguided missiles, hurtling toward the defenseless. Rules are rarely enforced.
By Myron Levin and Alan C. Miller, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Dee

United States

#4 Dec 18, 2007
People who pull trailers behind their vehicles need to take the extra time to make sure it is secured to avoid any kind of accident on the road....luckily no one was hurt or killed this morning when this trailer came loose unlike the one on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland not long ago that caused a 5 vehicle collision killing 3 people.
Hendersonville resident

Tupelo, MS

#5 Dec 18, 2007
I had to go around the "runaway trailer" and it did not run away, it fell off the goosneck trailer that it was being transported on. There were 3 trailers being transported, not 2. Boy you'd think if they were going to report it it would be reported correctly.
Hendersonville resident

Tupelo, MS

#6 Dec 18, 2007
I meant gooseneck, sorry.

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