Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fat Freddy's Trailer Becomes Unhitched


As Fat Freddy's Drop prepares to help Nelson ring in 2010, the band will be looking back on a year which had its dramas. By Alice Cowdrey.

It was a dark night on a six-lane freeway on the way into Los Angeles when the members of Fat Freddy's Drop found themselves in a spot of bother.

A trailer containing all of their instruments came loose from the bus they were travelling in. The trailer flipped over a safety barrier, tumbling down a steep bank. Online video footage shows the band members at 2am grimly retrieving an amplifier, a drum and a smashed-up saxophone case.

Inside were the remains of a 1961 baritone saxophone.

"It was a complete write-off," says the owner of the instrument, Scott Towers (aka Chopper Reedz).

Word of the accident got around quickly and Towers says people were emailing and phoning him from around the world offering advice on where he could get a new one.

One guy holidaying in Holland who read a blog report about the accident told Towers about a friend who worked in a store about 30 minutes out of Amsterdam which sold the instrument Towers was after. On arriving for a gig in the city, Towers caught a cab to the shop and found a 1960 vintage baritone sax, similar to his squashed one. "Even the serial numbers are similar."

Looking back on the accident now, it actually seems a little scary, Towers says.

"It could have been a complete diaster. We were calm at the time and post-accident, but I think everyone realises that it could have gone horribly wrong. It would have been a nightmare."

Near-tragedies aside, it's been an epic ride for the band who this year released their second album, Boondigga and The Big BW. Now they are psyching themselves up for a big summer, and tonight will welcome in the new year at the Riwaka Hotel.

Most of the seven-piece "family" of musicians grew up together in Wellington and over the years have won a legion of fans and respect. Emerging through a multitude of groups including funk jam bands, reggae sound systems, jazz improvisation and live techno groups, the musicians have stuck to an independent attitude, releasing their music through The Drop, their artist-operated label.

Towers officially joined the Freddy's family in December 2007, but has been jamming with the band on and off since 2002. He has been a part of the New Zealand music scene for the past 15 years after completing a music degree in jazz performance.

Child killed in hit and run accident Press Release

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Contact: Trooper Ed Howard

12/29/09

Safety Education Officer
District 14, Macomb
(309) 833-4046 Ext. 236
Cellular: (309) 252-2570


Macomb, IL -- The Illinois State Police (ISP), at the request of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, investigated a two vehicle crash resulting in one fatality which occurred at IL Route 96 approximately ¼ of a mile North of County Road 1235N on December 28, 2009 at about 11:13 a.m. The crash occurred when a trailer being towed by a 1982 Ford Pickup driven by Gary L. Mason, age 42, of Argyle, IA, broke free, crossed the center line, and struck a 2006 Chrysler 4 door being driven by Lora L. Smajlovic, age 30, of Hamilton, IL.

Smajlovic received minor injuries and was transported to Keokuk, IA. Other passengers in Smajlovic’s vehicle included: Ann Leeper, age 56, of Hamilton, IL who received minor injuries and was transported to Carthage, IL, one minor child, age 2, who received minor injuries and was transported to Carthage, IL, one minor child, age 11, who received moderate injuries and was transported to Quincy, IL, and one minor child, age 6, who received fatal injuries and was transported to Keokuk, IA.

Mason was not injured and fled the scene of the crash. Mason was located in Lee County, IA and is currently being held at the Hancock County Jail. Mason is charged with Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Accident. The public is reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Responding agencies also included: Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton Police Department, Lee County Iowa Sheriff’s Office, Hancock County States Attorneys’ Office, Hamilton Fire Department, Hancock County Ambulance, and Air Evac. This incident remains under investigation and no additional information is available at this time. Further media inquiries should be directed to the Illinois State Police.
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Child killed in hit and run accident



Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 9:09 a.m.

HAMILTON, IL -- A Lee County Iowa man faces a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident Monday near Hamilton.

The accident left a six year old dead and four others hurt.

The Illinois State Police say this man Gary Mason of Argyle was pulling a trailer when it came loose from his truck, and veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided with a car driven by Lora Smajlovic on Illinois 96 south of Hamilton.

A memorial has been set up at the scene of the accident in memory of the six year old girl.

She was in the back seat with two other siblings.

Smaljovic along with three other passengers were injured and taken to area hospitals.

Mason is currently in the Hancock County Jail on a 125 thousand dollar bond.

State's Attorney Jim Drodz says there likely will be other charges filed.

Mason will be back in court Thursday.

Trailer Exclusions in Auto Insurance... Insurance Agents...Exposed.. E & O...

Trailer Exclusions in Auto Insurance


Trailer Exclusions in Auto Insurance

There are all kinds of trailers. There are mobile home trailers, boat hauling trailers, car hauling trailers, horse trailers, and campers. Some automobile insurance policies exclude all trailers from coverage. Some permit coverage of a trailer only if it is designed for use with a private passenger automobile and is described in the insurance policy. Commercial truck trailers and semi-trailers have their own insurance needs and are beyond the scope of this article.

Just the attachment of an uninsured trailer to an automobile in violation of an automobile insurance policy's trailer exclusion was enough, in one case, to deny recovery of damages in an automobile collision, even though the trailer did not come into contact with the other vehicle. When a truck, which was insured under a policy that permitted a trailer to be used with a private passenger automobile, was using the trailer for commercial purposes at the time of a collision, exclusion of coverage was permitted because of the commercial nature of the trailer's use.

A camper, which was involved in a fatal highway accident, was found to be an "owned automobile" for purposes of an automobile policy that provided coverage arising out of the use of an owned automobile. The policy indicated that a "utility trailer" pulled by "owned automobile" was deemed to be an "owned automobile." The camper, which had a dining area, kitchen, bath facilities, and a bedroom, was designed for use with a private automobile. The insured only used the camper for vacation trips. Thus, the camper was a permitted "utility trailer" and not an excluded "home trailer."

Where an automobile liability policy provided that it did not apply while an automobile was being used for towing a trailer, an insurance company was not liable for injuries suffered when the trailer being towed by an insured truck came loose and struck another vehicle.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Iowa man held in deadly hit-and-run accident



Note: I have a 5 1/2 year old daughter.....this 6 year old was opening presents last week...and now the family is dealing with this.

Why? Where are the standards?
Where is the training?
Where is the inspections?
What will be the penalty?

Iowa man held in deadly hit-and-run accident



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Posted Dec 29, 2009 @ 01:46 PM

Hamilton, IL —

An Iowa man has been arrested in a hit-and-run accident that killed a six-year-old girl.

Forty-two-year-old Gary L. Mason of Argyle, Iowa, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Authorities said Mason was driving a pickup pulling a trailer at 11:10 a.m. Monday on Ill. 96 at Hamilton. The trailer broke loose and struck a car driven by Lora Smajlovic, 30, of Hamilton.

Smajlovic and two passengers, 56-year-old Ann Leeper of Hamilton and a two-year-old child had minor injuries. An 11-year-old received moderate injuries. The six-year-old girl died.

Mason was not injured. Witnesses told authorities the truck driver turned around after the accident and drove by the Smajlovic vehicle.

Mason later was located in Lee County, Iowa. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Carthage, Ill., pending a court appearance.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Multi-vehicle major accident triggered by loose trailer wheel


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Multi-vehicle major accident triggered by loose trailer wheel


12/22/09
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This Ford pickup truck was struck head-on by the wheel, and it then collided with a GMC truck. Photo by Steve W Stewart.


Witnesses say a multi-vehicle major accident in north Jasper County on Tuesday afternoon was the result of a trailer tire that came loose, and local law enforcement is trying to find the driver of the truck that was pulling the trailer.

The accident occurred at about 1:30 on Highway 96, appr

oximately one mile north of Recreational Road 255.

A Brookeland woman and her daughter were injured in the crash, while an elderly couple from Hemphill escaped with only scratches from their overturned truck.

According to witness Tammy Marshall of Port Arthur, a large, gold color Dodge pickup truck was traveling southbound and towing a trailer with some type of heavy equipment on the back. Marshall said a wheel and tire came off of the trailer, it first bounced off of an 18-wheeler, and then collided head-on with with a northbound pickup truck, which caused it to crash into another truck.

40-year-old Wendy Smith of Hemphill was driving the northbound



Lake Rayburn and Jasper firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free a Hemphill couple from their overturned GMC pickup truck while DPS Trooper Lester McCray, left, watches the operation. Photo by Steve W Stewart.

2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck that was struck head-on by the wheel. She and her 14-year-old daughter, Shelby, were taken by ambulance to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

After the impact, Smith's pickup veered left into a southbound 2004 GMC pickup truck, driven by 75-year-old Alvin Zaruba of Hemphill. A fraction of a second is all that kept the two trucks from colliding head-on.

Zaruba's truck slid off of the highway and overturned, coming to rest against pine trees. The Lake Rayburn and Jasper Fire Departments had to use the Jaws of Life to cut Zaruba and his wife, Yvonne, from their overturned truck.

The driver of the 18-wheeler that was struck by the tire, Delbert Whittemore of Buna, said he heard and felt the tire hit his truck, and he looked into his rear-view mirror and saw the other vehicles colliding behind him.

Trooper Lester McCray of the Texas Department of Publ

ic Safety investigated the accident.


Kevin Smith comforts his injured 14-year-old daughter Shelby Smith. Shelby and her mother, Wendy Smith, were struck head-on by the runaway tire. Photo by Steve W Stewart.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Route 78 lane in Bethlehem closes after accident with motorhome


Route 78 lane in Bethlehem closes after accident with motorhome

By Veronica Slaght/For The Star-Ledger

December 07, 2009, 6:23PM

BETHLEHEM -- A motorhome flipped over on Route 78 eastbound in Bethlehem Township, causing the right lane of the busy highway to be closed, according to state police at the Perryville Barracks.

There are no serious injuries, but the right lane is closed at mile marker 8.6, police said.

Police said the accident is in the process of being cleared.


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trainwayne
Posted by trainwayne
December 07, 2009, 6:46PM

Just another example of safety being ignored in NJ. While there is a federally mandated license required for drivers of commercial vehicles as small as Fedex vans and school buses, there are NO requirements at all for someone to drive these large RV's and pull trailers bigger than commercial vehicles. A license to drive a car should be just that. If people want to drive bigger vehicles they should be required to learn the correct way and have to pass a written and driving test to be on the road. There are enough legitimate hazards on the roads without having a whole group of drivers out there who aren't qualified and put their own and other's lives in danger .

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sweetloquita
Posted by sweetloquita
December 07, 2009, 6:56PM

Maybe if you have a little plain or rent it out w/t a license since you rent it you can fly away from NJ too LOL


Now be compassion for that family is just one of us , who just trying to flee NJ . I guess they now stock here till after New Year .

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mla30ski09
Posted by mla30ski09
December 07, 2009, 7:00PM

Where in the article does it state that the driver of the motorhome caused the accident?

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njfor007
Posted by njfor007
December 07, 2009, 7:03PM

Oh OK , so was the passenger the one who caused the accident instead ? That could be very possible .


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ronmelancon
Posted by ronmelancon
December 09, 2009, 12:59PM

Once again..we have a serious issue with an R.V. accident. Questions must be asked....why people are alowed to drive a R.V. with no formal certification on how to drive it.

I know why....it is becasue the R.V. industry does not want any restrictions on thier product.

Yet last month a 72 year of man lost control of his R.V. in Indiana and smashed into 6 cars and simply destroyed the lives of a family.

They lost their daughter who was 4. Why?

Read the story by going to www.dangeroustrailers.org and see... R.V. smashes into 6 cars

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ronmelancon
Posted by ronmelancon
December 09, 2009, 1:57PM

Once again..we have a serious issue with an R.V. accident. Questions must be asked....why people are alowed to drive a R.V. with no formal certification on how to drive it.

I know why....it is becasue the R.V. industry does not want any restrictions on thier product.

Yet last month a 72 year of man lost control of his R.V. in Indiana and smashed into 6 cars and simply destroyed the lives of a family.

They lost their daughter who was 4. Why?

Read the story by going to www.dangeroustrailers.org and see... R.V. smashes into 6 cars

http://dangeroustrailers.org/R.V.__Destroys_Family.php


AND

http://dangeroustrailers.org/family_crushed_in_Crash.html

Woman killed after trailer she was towing comes loose


Andrew Rogers/The Daily Sentinel


Emergency personnel work the scene of an accident on FM 226 Tuesday morning in which Tracy Lynn Dailey was killed.
Woman killed after trailer she was towing comes loose


The Daily Sentinel

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


A woman died after her truck was pushed off the road by the trailer she was towing Tuesday morning, causing the vehicle to collide with a tree, according to a report filed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Tracy Lynn Dailey, 37, of Bronson, was northbound on FM 226 1.4 miles south of Woden at about 10:15 a.m. when the trailer she was pulling came off the towing ball of the truck and pushed against the bumper, according to DPS Trooper Keith Jones.


"The horse trailer tongue was locked and the pin was through it, but it was never on the ball," Jones, who investigated the wreck, said. "It was sitting on top of the ball, and safety chains were hooked. The breakaway device was hooked up, but the tongue eventually slipped off the ball, and as she was pulling it down the road, the trailer was pushing her."

On the scene, the truck had to be pulled away from a tree about 10 feet off the roadway where it had come to a halt and had lodged against the driver side door. Nacogdoches Fire Department responded to the scene with the Jaws of Life that were used to pry off the door that had become mangled by the impact.

Dailey was trapped in the vehicle for almost half an hour while crews worked to free her from the cab of the truck.

Dailey was taken to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead by Dr. Eulogio Ouano Bonsukan at 11:39 a.m., according to the reports.

The report stated that her seatbelt was worn at the time of the accident and that Wyman Roberts in San Augustine will be in charge of funeral arrangements.

Keith Lansdale's e-mail address

is klansdale@dailysentinel.com.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A utility trailer with no tail lights


Police Report



Nov. 7 at 3:25 am stopped a truck pulling a utility trailer with no tail lights after he nearly rear-ended it. A driver check showed that the 31 year old Vancouver man had received an order in July to have the tail lights fixed. The trailer was ordered off the road and the driver given a $600 ticket for failing to comply. The truck towing the trailer was found to be uninsured and without proper license plates. The truck was also ordered off of the road and both vehicles were towed.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Utility trailer disconnects, fatally striking woman


Utility trailer disconnects, fatally striking woman


KENT COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A 46-year-old woman from Rockford has died after a utility trailer became disconnected from the van towing it.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department says that the incident occurred at 10 Mile Road in Courtland Township, when a utility trailer being towed by a white van became disconnected. The trailer became airborne and struck a vehicle driven by a 46-year-old woman from Rockford.

Deputies say the tongue of the trailer broke through the windshield, striking both occupants of the vehicle. The driver of the car was pronounced dead on the scene from fatal chest injuries. The front seat passenger of that vehicle suffered minor injuries and was transported to Butterworth Hospital.

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ronmelancon wrote:
When you get a moment please say a prayer for the victim. Then go to www.dangeroustrailers.org and note... that this accident could have happened to each and every reader of this posting.

No regulations,, NO training,, no standards,,, for this class of vehicle.

Your state has nothing to charge him with... the most he will be charged with is an $80 fine and an unsecured load. That is it.

Please note that since 1975 over 15,211 lives have been lost by "passenger cars that tow trailers"

It is the lobby and special interest groups that are funded by U Haul and companies like Carry on trailers that have stopped our efforts and the Federal Government from doing anything about this pressing issue.

Please note... every time you are behind one of these trailers... get out of the way!
10/29/2009 11:57 AM MST on wwmt.com
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monkeybread wrote:
Must be Satan was responsible for the trailer and GOD worked in his mysterious way letting that poor 46 year old woman take the trailer tongue in the chest. It must be a miracle the passenger wasn't killed as well. Praise GOD, hallelujah, ....e-sarcasm.
10/29/2009 8:32 AM MST on wwmt.com
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scottephoto wrote:
I remember years back when a woman mowing her lawn was struck and killed when a trailer from a tandem-trailer broke loose and hit her.
You never know when your time on this planet is over.
10/29/2009 7:42 AM MST on wwmt.com
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levlwon wrote:
randym: You got very lucky to have yours break when it did. There are laws governing the safety chain strength and in Michigan, the chains and connection to the frame are supposed to be of sufficient strength to continue to hold and pull the trailer even when loaded to the trailer's max load. It's also up to the owner to maintain it. If they see it may be rusting through, the owner must have it inspected.

Even if only one of the welds on the trailer in the story were good, I would think the trailer would still be connected to the van. I'll be interested to see if it was connected properly and whether the driver may be charged. So sad every way you look at it.
10/29/2009 5:08 AM MST on wwmt.com
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randym wrote:
If you watch Ch. 8 news they have a better and more in depth story on this....The pin holding the receiver in the hitch must have fallen out because the whole receiver came out... And those of you who talk about the safety chains not being hooked up must have never had a trailer. I won't say all but, some trailer makers don't weld the chains well enough to the trailer frame so they can break off so easy.... I broke the chains off my trailer when I was pulling away from from trailer slow because, I had forgot to discount them before pulling away.... My heart goes out to all involved in the accident including the guy driving the van....
10/28/2009 10:46 PM MST on wwmt.com
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bobinutah wrote:
Somebody didn't do something right here. You are right spartanman. Somebody must not have connected the safety chains. Trailers don't just end up air born.
10/28/2009 7:46 PM MST on wwmt.com
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mcgerm wrote:
If they didn't connect the chains or it was an improper hitch then the van driver should be charged with manslaughter.
10/28/2009 7:07 PM MST on wwmt.com
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humbleharry wrote:
God's grace and comfort on this family.
10/28/2009 4:37 PM MST on wwmt.com
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spartanman wrote:
What the hell? Didn't they connect the chains?
10/28/2009 2:40 PM MST

Grattan Township woman victim of crash caused by runaway trailer




Grattan Township woman victim of crash caused by runaway trailer

By Brian McVicar The Grand Rapids Press

October 28, 2009, 10:23PM

COURTLAND TOWNSHIP -- Toni Hall was an avid traveler and loving mother of two who got her thrills reeling in bass on Cowan Lake.

The 46-year-old Grattan Township resident often spent hours floating around the lake in her pontoon boat, cracking jokes with friends and family as she waited for just the right fish to nibble on her line.

"If she didn't answer her phone you know she was bringing in the big one," said Wendy Brower, Hall's partner. "She usually went for the big bass."

Hall died Wednesday after a trailer being pulled by a van on 10 Mile Road NE unhooked and collided with Hall's 2006 Mercury Mariner SUV.

A woman passenger in the SUV, 39-year-old Debra Dianne Carter, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

A metal pin holding the trailer in place may have come loose or failed, causing the hitch bar that went in the van's towing mechanism to come free and cause the9:24 a.m. crash near Je-Ne-Be Drive NE, the Kent County Sheriff's Department said..

The trailer, hauled behind a full-size van eastbound on 10 Mile Road, was carrying what appeared to be scrap metal. The van's driver, Thomas Edward Dells, 58, of Rockford, was not injured.

When the trailer went airborne, it lifted over a car following Dells' van and hit the westbound Mariner's windshield, with the trailer's tongue going through the glass. The hitch bar was still attached to the tongue of the trailer.

After the trailer struck Hall's SUV, she lost control and the vehicle, which rolled several times before landing upright in the road's south ditch, Kent County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Dabkowski said.

Debris from the trailer were strewn along the road's north side.

Dabkowski said a report on the incident would be forwarded to the Kent County Prosecutor's Office to see if t any charges or citations are warranted.

Police said they did not find a license plate on the trailer, which appeared to be homemade.

Dells could not be reached for comment..

Brower described Hall as a fun-loving and spontaneous woman always eager to crack a joke and help her friends out.

"At the drop of a hat, she would want to go for a road trip and just get up and go," said Brower, who met Hall at a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game in November 2007.

"She lived life to the fullest."

Hall managed five rental properties in Greenville and Belding, Brower said.

She had two grown daughters, Stephanie Helder and Tiffany Drye, and five grandchildren.

"Every year for their birthday she would take them to Chuck E. Cheese," Helder said.

"They would beg to stay over at grandma's house."

-- Press staff writer John Tunison contributed to this report.


Posted by runbum03
October 28, 2009, 10:46PM

My condolences to the family and friends.

This story, in my opinion, is too heavy on the details (which almost always seem to later change after a full report is in).

This sort of thing could happen to anyone of us on any given day.

State Police always kept a watchful eye on the scrappers and all of the other configurations on today's roads. We need them back.

Again, my condolences.

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KevinRahe
Posted by Kevin Rahe
October 28, 2009, 11:45PM

5 minutes earlier and that could have been my wife and kids that got hit. Still, it's shocking when one of your neighbors gets killed in such a random way - could have been anyone. I'm guessing there was no backup safety attachment of the trailer to the vehicle such as chains/cables, as required by law. If that's true, I'd expect some serious fines and/or charges.

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Grama7
Posted by Grama7
October 29, 2009, 6:24AM

I hope the owner of the van gets socked with penalties galore. If he has been pulling this trailer before, then he should know the laws governing pulling trailers by using backup safety such as chains, etc. Probably thought he could get away with it. Condolences to the family of the victim.

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JennaVeeVee25
Posted by JennaVeeVee25
October 29, 2009, 1:35PM

Toni is my very dear friend whom I love very much and will miss...I just met up with her a week ago to shoot pool and have dinner...and she called me this saturday to spend time with her...I wish I would have...Its sad to lose someone and never be able to tell them how much you love them...I love you Toni and I will never forget what you meant to me..I miss your silly laugh...you are in my heart...

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ronmelancon
Posted by ronmelancon
October 29, 2009, 2:42PM

When you get a moment please say a prayer for the victim. Then go to www.dangeroustrailers.org and note... that this accident could have happened to each and every reader of this posting.

No regulations,, NO training,, no standards,,, for this class of vehicle.

Your state has nothing to charge him with... the most he will be charged with is an $80 fine and an unsecured load. That is it.

Please note that since 1975 over 15,211 lives have been lost by "passenger cars that tow trailers"

It is the lobby and special interest groups that are funded by U Haul and companies like Carry on trailers that have stopped our efforts and the Federal Government from doing anything about this pressing issue.

Please note... every time you are behind one of these trailers... get out of the way!

Woman killed after homemade trailer hits SUV near Rockford






By Barton Deiters | The Grand Rapids Press

October 28, 2009, 12:37PM

Update: Hitch pin likely came loose, causing fatal trailer-SUV crash, police said


COURTLAND TOWNSHIP -- A woman is dead after a homemade trailer hauled behind a van came unhinged on 10 Mile Road NE and flew through the windshield of an oncoming SUV.

The crash occurred just before 9:30 a.m. as the van was traveling east on 10 Mile Road near Brower Lake Road. Police said the trailer-hauling mechanism fell apart and the makeshift trailer flew over the top of a vehicle following and into the windshield of the westbound Mercury SUV, instantly killing the female driver, believed to be in her 40s, according to Kent County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Dabkowski.

A female passenger in the SUV was sent to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with minor injuries, according to police. The van driver was not injured.

Police have not identified those involved and 10 Mile Road remained close for more than three hours after the crash.

E-mail Barton Deiters: bdeiters@grpress.com


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ronmelancon
Posted by ronmelancon
October 28, 2009, 7:04PM

Please.,,, Please,,,, this is just horrific..!!! Go to Our organization has been addressing the to dangeroustrailers.org... lack of any standards on these trailers for 7 years. This accident did not have to happen!!!

The person who was towing a trailer that is obvious to any person as totally not worthy for the road.

The sad thing is the Sheriff department has nothing to charge him with except with a fine of under $100.00 and un secured load.

Your state has no inspections... no training on how to tow.... You do not even address "How to Tow" in your DMV manual.

In Ohio last month alone... a women was struck at her mail box by a LOOSE TRAILER...

A Father lost his life in Ohio by a loose trailer....it did not have a license plate and the driver did not stop...NOBODY KNOWS WHO KILLED HIM...

why?? IT IS THE powerful Utility Trailer industry that has stop any efforts to improve this class of vehicle.

This life did not have to end this way!!!!!!! "Random Victim Of Negligence"

We were just published as a letter to the editor in Texas..

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ronmelancon
Posted by ronmelancon
October 28, 2009, 7:04PM

Think about it....

Since 1975 15,211 lives have been lost by "Passenger Cars That Tow Trailers"

Since 1988 over 732,003 things like cars...vans,,and trailers destroyed..

Since 1988 over 435,154 people have been injured...

and we do nothing?

I find this unacceptable....

The van's driver is at fault... look at the condition of the trailer...

no plate..

no safety chains...

and he does not care about anybody's life who is behind him.

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Grama7
Posted by Grama7
October 29, 2009, 6:28AM

If the van's driver has been doing this for awhile, he should have been aware of the laws governing the trailer safeties.

Hitch pin likely came loose, causing fatal trailer-SUV crash, police said



Hitch pin likely came loose, causing fatal trailer-SUV crash, police said

By John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press

October 28, 2009, 2:26PM
UPDATE: Grattan Township woman victim of crash caused by runaway trailer

CANNON TOWNSHIP -- Police believe a metal pin holding a trailer hitch may have come loose or failed this morning on 10 Mile Road NE, causing a small trailer to let loose from a van and hit an oncoming SUV, killing a woman inside.

The driver of the SUV, identified by police as Toni Lynn Hall, 46, of Rockford, suffered a chest injury and died at the scene of the crash near Je-Ne-Be Drive NE after the trailer went airborne and hit the 2006 Mercury Mariner she was driving.

A woman passenger in the SUV, 39-year-old Debra Dianne Carter, was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Kent County sheriff's deputies said.

The trailer, hauled behind a full-size van going east on 10 Mile Road, was carrying what appeared to be scrap metal in the 9:24 a.m. crash. The van's driver, Thomas Edward Dells, 58, of Rockford, was not injured.

Police said the hitch bar that fits into the van's square towing mechanism came free. When the trailer went airborne, it lifted over a car following the van and hit the westbound Mariner's windshield, with the trailer's tongue going through the glass. The hitch bar was still attached to the tongue of the trailer.

The Mariner driver then lost control and the vehicle rolled several times before landing upright in the road's south ditch, Kent County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Dabkowski said.

Debris from the trailer were strewn along the north side of the road.

Dabkowski said a report on the incident would be forwarded to the Kent County Prosecutor's Office to see if the van's driver, who was not injured, should face any charges or citations.

Police said they did not find a license plate on the trailer, which appeared to be homemade.


Posted by a.a.b.
October 28, 2009, 2:48PM

This is a tragic accident. The driver of the van/trailer should definitely be sited. Even if the hitch failed, there are emergency precautions that should ALWAYS be followed. Furthermore, it is a law to have a license on trailers. The driver was negligent and tried to circumvent the law. And now, because of the driver's negligence a woman is dead. It could have been much, MUCH worse. An example should be made.

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pedro441
Posted by pedro441
October 28, 2009, 3:04PM

a.a.b: "It could have been much, MUCH worse"

A woman is dead, I'm not sure it gets much worse than that.

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oneputtkelly
Posted by oneputtkelly
October 28, 2009, 3:50PM

Heartbreaking. Simply heartbreaking...
My heart goes out to the family of the victim!
Yes the driver of the VAN towing the trailer better be prosecuted.
There are safety measures that would have prevented this.
Safety Chains, re-enforced safety pins, etc....
my guess is the VAN driver was speeding over those hills there near that intersection and paid no heed to safety or the lives of others with this "homemade trailer".
I hope it is investigated thoroughly, let the facts come out and then throw the book at this VAN driver!
Again....to the famliy of the victim.....we are so sorry about your loss.

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ronmelancon
Posted by ronmelancon
October 28, 2009, 4:59PM

Please.,,, Please,,,, this is just horrific..!!! Go to Our organization has been addressing the to dangeroustrailers.org... lack of any standards on these trailers for 7 years. This accident did not have to happen!!!

The person who was towing a trailer that is obvious to any person as totally not worthy for the road.

The sad thing is the Sheriff department has nothing to charge him with except with a fine of under $100.00 and un secured load.

Your state has no inspections... no training on how to tow.... You do not even address "How to Tow" in your DMV manual.

In Ohio last month alone... a women was struck at her mail box by a LOOSE TRAILER...

A Father lost his life in Ohio by a loose trailer....it did not have a license plate and the driver did not stop...NOBODY KNOWS WHO KILLED HIM...

why?? IT IS THE powerful Utility Trailer industry that has stop any efforts to improve this class of vehicle.

This life did not have to end this way!!!!!!! "Random Victim Of Negligence"

We were just published as a letter to the editor in Texas..

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jpatrix
Posted by jpatrix
October 28, 2009, 5:26PM

Lesson of the day. "Clamp down on trailer trash"

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MSU2008
Posted by Thinkaboutit
October 28, 2009, 5:42PM

a.a.b.

Well I am not sure whether the driver of the van should be sited, but maybe cited? Furthermore, accidents do happen. This is very tragic, but your "sky is falling" attitude is a little much. Some how you draw the conclusion that the driver continually circumvents the law based on the trailer not having a license plate. Seriously, that is quite a jump!? I would also like you to explain how this could have been much worse. I mean hypotheticall I suppose this trailer could have kept rolling taken out a few school busses, ran over a a group of nuns crossing the street, and smushed a gathering of cute bunnies.

All being said, I feel terrible for everyone involved in this. The families of the deceased and the driver of the van. Clearly, none of this was intentional and it really is a shame.

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+openminded
Posted by +openminded
October 28, 2009, 7:03PM

Several things need to be addressed in this very unfortunate incident.
1. If indeed the trailer was home-made then it needed some type of inspection to certify that it was roadworthy.
2. Were there safety chains employed?
3. Was the trailer licensed?
If no to any of these items the driver of the van should be facing criminal charges.
In my experience as custom trailer builder, hitch pins do not just fail unless a pin has been substituted of the incorrect diameter or material employed.
Someone's carelessness has caused the death of an innocent driver. At least that appears to be the case which is very saddening.

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ronmelancon
Posted by ronmelancon
October 28, 2009, 7:03PM

Think about it....

Since 1975 15,211 lives have been lost by "Passenger Cars That Tow Trailers"

Since 1988 over 732,003 things like cars...vans,,and trailers destroyed..

Since 1988 over 435,154 people have been injured...

and we do nothing?

I find this unacceptable....

The van's driver is at fault... look at the condition of the trailer...

no plate..

no safety chains...

and he does not care about anybody's life who is behind him.

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craigyjoebob
Posted by craigyjoebob
October 28, 2009, 7:39PM

I am sorry for the loss of life. However your statement that 732003 vehicles were destroyed due too loose trailers, sounds like a great program like Cash For Clunkers, only without costing the government $3,000,000,000.00.

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stopandthinkaboutwhatyouaresaying
October 28, 2009, 10:18PM

very tragic for all involved, unless you idiots know the whole story... not just
the inaccurate bs on the local tv stations then please keep your stupid judgeMENTAL opinions to yourself. it was an accident! the driver is an incredible individual - selfless - in turmoil over this - would give you the shirt off his back - broken.......

you are all so wise and brave offering your ignorant opinions for the world to read as you sit hidden behind your computers in your underwear.... you fools.

accidents happen. horrible accidents that leave so many people asking why. i'm asking why in this case. innocence . . . . . . for all involved.

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aliciaann72
Posted by a.a.b.
October 28, 2009, 11:19PM

Toni was a friend of mine. She was the most genuine person I know. For all those who question my "much" worse statement... what if it would have hit both cars? What if it had killed both passengers? Forgive me if I misspelled a word or two. I was in shock.
I am not stupid. I have been licensed in driving very big machinery. I understand legalities and I understand "Safety Precautions". It may have been an accident. But, if negligence was indeed the case (and not following proper safety precautions is negligence), something should be done.

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