Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Crash blocks traffic through Elkton tunnel.... Loose Trailer is to blame

Note: Look at the condition of the trailer........... how was the trailer hooked up?
What if a gas tank exploded in the Tunnel?

By Megan Sweeney, KPIC News

ELKTON, Ore. -- Traffic was blocked for about 45 minutes after a car rammed a trailer in the Elkton tunnel Saturday. Police estimated more than fifty cars were at a stop for almost an hour on Saturday afternoon.

A trailer being pulled by an RV came loose for an unknown reason while the RV was driving through the Elkton tunnel. A vehicle coming from the opposite direction crashed into the trailer head-on.

Oregon State Police Trooper Brian Jewell said it was a mess for awhile. "The aftermath was that we had eastbound lane of travel was blocked for about 45 minutes until the tow trucks could remove both vehicles. The driver and passenger of the pickup were transported to Sacred Heart in Eugene, and it's unknown of their injuries."

Elkton fire responded from the west side of the tunnel, and North Douglas Fire and EMT came from the east side, to help with traffic control.

Police say they were very fortunate that there weren't more serious injuries in the crash.

Fire officials cleaned up debris from the accident and opened the tunnel again for the long line traffic to start moving again.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Trailer crushes pickup on Highway 280 What If?

Note: How was this trailer hooked up?
Was this trailer combination inspected?
What if this trailer went across the highway?

Is the pick up rated to tow this large trailer??

Trailer crushes pickup on Highway 280

Posted: March 23, 2009 05:43 PM

Updated: March 24, 2009 09:07 AM

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - News Leader 9 has confirmed what caused a minor traffic backup on HIghway 280.

Around 3:15 p.m. near Lee Road 285, a trailer that was being hauled by a white pickup ended up on top of the driver--- crushing the pickup and trapping the driver inside.

Highway 280 east-bound was shut down for about five minutes so that the driver could be airlifted to emergency services.

The extent of the injuries nor the driver's name are not known at this time.

News Leader is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

Boat left launched off its trailer and crashed through cab

Note: The Boat should have not flown off the trailer if it was properly secured.
Bruce Colbert/The Daily Courier
Workers clear debris from a 15-car pileup Sunday afternoon on northbound Highway 89 at Del Rio Springs near Paulden. Blowing sand and dirt created a brownout resulting in a rear-end chain reaction. The boat in photo at left launched off its trailer and crashed through the rear window of the owner’s pickup.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, a dense cloud of dirt and grit blinded northbound travelers on Highway 89 between Chino Valley and Paulden creating a chain reaction of rear-end collisions that resulted in a 15-car pileup and sent three people to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott.

"It was a freaky accident and I was only a mile from my house," accident victim Patti Allen said on her cell phone while waiting for law enforcement staff to release her.

"The road was so full of dust you could not see a thing and we slowed way down," she said breaking into sobs as she recalled the trauma. "Then all of a sudden it cleared and I could see the car in front of me slamming on his brakes and then we hit it."

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, a dense cloud of dirt and grit blinded northbound travelers on Highway 89 between Chino Valley and Paulden creating a chain reaction of rear-end collisions that resulted in a 15-car pileup and sent three people to Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott.

"It was a freaky accident and I was only a mile from my house," accident victim Patti Allen said on her cell phone while waiting for law enforcement staff to release her.

"The road was so full of dust you could not see a thing and we slowed way down," she said breaking into sobs as she recalled the trauma. "Then all of a sudden it cleared and I could see the car in front of me slamming on his brakes and then we hit it."

The pileup started near milepost 333 about 300 feet north of a bridge at Del Rio Springs. For some of the accident victims, a historical marker along the side of the road that explains about the site being the first location of Camp Whipple in 1863 will forever mark the horrific scene.

Ken Gage and Justin Ward were towing their boat home from Alamo Lake when they encountered the brownout. They were vehicle No. 6 in the accident line-up.

"It was really dark, dark and brown and we could not see in front of us," Gage said. "All of a sudden it cleared and we saw that blue car and I just locked up the brakes," said Ward, who was driving the full-size pickup.

As the truck came to a screeching halt, the boat it was towing launched off its trailer and slammed into a half-shell mounted on the bed of the pickup. The boat's bow crashed through the fiberglass shell and stopped after it broke through the cab's rear window.

"We didn't know what was happening," Gage said. "Glass just came showering in on us." The boaters escaped without injuries.

Ambulances rushed three victims from the scene: a woman with a head injury; a man with chest pains; and a man with "some anxiety," Garcia said.

Chino Valley police stopped northbound Highway 89 traffic at Road 5 North about two miles south of the accident. Traffic officers blocked the road for nearly two hours and traffic backed up into Chino Valley.

Prescott Fire Battalion Chief Ralph Lucas said that rescue crews treated the accident as a "mass casualty incident."

Fire and medical crews triaged every person involved in the accident whether they had an injury or not. Medical staff tied a triage tag on the wrists of each person involved, Lucas explained.

As the wait dragged on, motorists pulled off into clearings and left their cars to talk to other motorists. Some drivers turned on their automobile radios and a festive-like mood seemed to develop among the stranded travelers.

"What can you do?" Bagdad miner and Paulden resident Carlos Fonte said while he waited in his car for the road to open.

At 3:50 p.m. officers started escorting groups of vehicles north and south. At 4:50 p.m. "we cleared the scene," Lucas said.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story incorrectly stated where Lucas works.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Horse rescued from I-70 rollover in Vail.... Loose Trailer

Vail, Colorado firefighters prepare to rescue a horse from a trailer that tipped over on Interstate 70 Monday morning. The horse was able to walk out and into another trailer.
Special to the Daily

VAIL, Colorado — Firefighters in Vail, Colorado rescued a horse trapped in an upended trailer Monday morning on eastbound Interstate 70 after a one-vehicle accident.

Rescuers were called to the scene shortly before 9 a.m. Monday at mile marker 178 to rescue the race horse, which was stuck in the tipped trailer. The trailer had become separated from a 2000 Ford truck traveling from Rifle to southern Mexico after a blown tire caused the vehicle to start fish tailing.

The trailer was tipped over on its rear with the hitch in the air and the horse inside when rescuers arrived on the scene. With the help of Eagle veterinarian Sylvia Stocker, rescue teams removed the horse from the trailer by cutting a flap out on the roof.

The horse was able to walk out on its own and was transferred to another trailer before resuming its trip to southern Mexico. The horse was uninjured except for a few minor scrapes and bumps.

Eastbound traffic on the interstate was reduced to one lane until the trailer was removed, and the lane was reopened by noon. No charges were filed.

N.M. officials to investigate accident..

NOTE: In New Mexico no standards are in place for these types of trailers.

We find it hard to believe that a trailer tire rim should just come off and bounce across the highway and take another life.

N.M. officials to investigate accident

Agency to decide if trailer met standards when tire fell off and killed Durango man

Herald Staff Writer
Article Last Updated; Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The New Mexico Department of Transportation is investigating an automobile accident in which a tire sheared off a trailer and smashed through the windshield of an oncoming vehicle, killing a Durango man.

The agency is expected to determine this week whether the trailer was up to standards for a commercial vehicle. It was an eight-wheeled trailer, 30 feet long, hauling a John Deere backhoe.

The accident occurred about 1 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 550, about six miles north of Aztec.

No criminal charges will be filed against the driver of the truck pulling the trailer, said Tom Asbe, a San Juan County, N.M., sheriff's deputy who investigated the accident.

"There's really no enforcement action for us to take," he said Monday. "It's kind of one of those freak accidents. There's nothing criminal for us to work off of."

Ron Newton, 44, an employee of Brainstorm Internet in Durango, died at the scene.

Phil Bryson of Durango was driving the BMW sport utility vehicle hit by the tire.

As Bryson and Newton traveled northbound, a southbound truck lost two left tires off its trailer.

One tire jumped a concrete lane divider and went through the windshield of the BMW, striking Newton, the front-seat passenger.

Newton had a wife, Dana, and two sons, Daniel and Stephen.

"Our prayers and our thoughts are with them," Bryson said Monday.

Bryson is the owner of Brainstorm and developed the Crossroads building on Main Avenue.

Newton worked for Brainstorm for only a couple of months. Before that, he worked for FastTrack Communications, a telecommunications company that serves northwest New Mexico and western Colorado.

Asbe said two wheels on the left side of the trailer sheared off for unknown reasons. Both tires were on the same axle and had heavy-duty rims, like those found on a truck. One of the tires hit the windshield dead on, he said.

"It came right through the windshield," he said. "There was very little damage above the windshield or below it."

The truck pulling the trailer was driven by Ronnie Jacquez, 34, of Bloomfield, N.M. It was a 1-ton welding truck owned by Moberg Welding of Bloomfield.

Ron Melancon of Richmond, Va., who operates a Web site called DangerousTrailers.org, is on a one-man campaign to improve safety regulations nationwide when it comes to utility trailers.

He is a former emergency services technician volunteer who has responded to accidents involving faulty trailers. He has also been involved in an accident involving a trailer.

There are very few regulations nationwide for trailers weighing less than 3,000 pounds, he said in a phone interview Monday. He said he's been investigating trailer accidents for six years.

In 2007, there were 459 fatal crashes and 21,775 injury accidents involving a passenger vehicle pulling a trailer in the United States, he said.

"I just don't know who has to be killed before we do something," Melancon said. "If I don't do this, who's going to take my place?"


Memorial fund and services

A memorial service for Ron Newton will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Farmington, 800 West 30th St. The public is invited. A memorial fund has been set up in Ron and Dana Newton’s name at First National Bank of Durango, 259 W. Ninth St. Or, donations can be dropped off at Brainstorm Internet in Durango, 640 Main Ave.

Loose Horse Trailer In Kentucky,,,, No Safety Chains Blames Horses

Horses Okay After Horse Trailer Flips Over On Bluegrass Parkway

Posted: March 19, 2009 02:50 PM

Updated: March 23, 2009 05:05 PM

Two horses, on of which is with foal, are expected to recover after the trailer they were in flipped over on the Bluegrass Parkway Thursday.

The incident happened at about 1 p.m. near mile marker 49 in Anderson County. The horses, a yearling and a mare with foal, were being transported from Lexington to Marion County when the driver of the truck pulling the trailer said the horses moved, somehow causing the trailer to become unhitched.

The trailer then flipped over on its side in the median of the roadway. Officials at the scene say they were able to get the mare out of the trailer, but that the yearling was trapped. That horse was sedated until a crew was brought in to help free it.

Officials said the horses seemed okay after the incident and are expected to recover.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Woman Killed By Moving Trailer.... Wife... Mother Of 3

Posted: 12:21 PM Mar 11, 2009
Last Updated: 8:55 PM Mar 11, 2009

A young mother is dead after an accident involving a moving truck.

Police say Casey & Rob Bramblett were loading a moving truck on Thames Circle in Nicholasville when a trailer they were trying to attach to the back of a moving van came lose and rolled down the street. That 's when police say Casey Bramblett tried to get behind it to stop it. Somehow, police say the 34-year old woman lost her footing and slipped, being crushed by the 2,000 pound trailer.

The couple's three children, ages 4, 8 & 14, were in the front yard at the time and saw the accident.

The family was moving to Florida, where friends say Rob Bramblett was due to start a new job.

The couple has family in the Lexington area, as well as in Florida. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Monday, March 9, 2009

I-64 Crash Halts Traffic in Barboursville Area; No One Hurt Loose Trailer

I-64 Crash Halts Traffic in Barboursville Area; No One Hurt

Posted: 9:45 PM Mar 6, 2009
Last Updated: 9:45 PM Mar 6, 2009
Reporter: Kelly Bradley
Email Address: kelly.bradley@wsaz.com

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A trailer broke loose from its SUV Friday night on Interstate 64, causing an accident just east of the Huntington Mall exit.

It happened just before 8 p.m. near the 22-mile marker. Police said an SUV was pulling the trailer when the bolt came loose and the trailer disconnected.

The trailer flew into a hillside, and the SUV hit the cable barrier in the middle of the interstate. I-64 was closed for a short time so the roadway could be cleared.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

Shrimp boat blocks highway

Philip Lejeune Sr. looks at his 25-foot fiberglass shrimp boat as it sits on the shoulder of the West bound lane of U.S. 90 Monday morning Photo.... MATT STAMEY/STAFF

Shrimp boat blocks highway

Published: Monday, March 2, 2009 at 10:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 2, 2009 at 2:44 p.m.

UPDATED 1:15 p.m.

HOUMA — A shrimp boat that fell off a trailer on U.S. 90 this morning blocked traffic for nearly three hours while State Police brought in a crane to move the vessel.

State Police said the trawler fell off just before 10:30 a.m. on U.S. 90 westbound between the La. 311 interchange and the Chacahoula exit. The boat initially blocked one lane but both westbound lanes were closed when a crane arrived to move the trawler off the road. No injuries were reported and no vehicles are believed to have collided with the trawler, police said. The highway was opened about 1:15 p.m., police said.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Horse Trailer Comes Unhinged, Snarls Traffic

Horse Trailer Comes Unhinged, Snarls Traffic

updated 5:15 p.m. ET, Mon., Feb. 23, 2009

CINCINNATI - Traffic on the Cut-in-the-Hill was backed up for several hours Sunday afternoon after two separate crashes.

One of those crashes involved a horse trailer that came unhinged with a horse along for the ride.

"My nephew was following me and he said, 'Hey, you might want to catch your trailer.' I thought he was kidding, looked up and there it went," said Bret Crawford.

The horse trailer cruised out of control on Interstate 75, crashed through several signs, then tipped on its side, with thoroughbred horse "Top Glory" inside.

Top Glory suffered a gash to its leg and some minor cuts. The horse is also missing a shoe but is expected to be alright.

Getting the horse into another trailer to finish the trip was a different story.

"This is a pretty hectic day for a racehorse," said Brian Johnson, who was following the trailer.

After some goading, the horse was put onto a trailer and taken to a farm on Tylersville Road where he's being treated for his injuries.

Second Crash Snarls Traffic

Shortly after, just before 5 p.m., a second crash caused more backup on the Cut-in-the-Hill.

Only one car was involved in this crash. Two people suffered minor injuries.

There was no word on what caused the crash.

'Lucky to be alive' ... Loose Trailer

Lucky to be alive'

8:46pm Thursday 26th February 2009

A Bradford shop worker escaped injury by inches when this trailer crashed through the front of the premises, coming to rest by his desk.

Witnesses said the trailer appeared to have come loose from a van in Toller Lane near to the junction with Duckworth Lane at about midday today.

It was reported to have careered across a grass verge and crashed through the glass front of Sarhad Money Exchange and Travel, damaging the door frame. Shop assistant Khan Farooq said: “We were just sitting inside and all of a sudden we heard a big bang and next thing we knew there was a van half way in the shop.

“We felt the building shake. We were in shock. It was only inches away from the desks where we were sitting, we feel lucky to be alive – it could have been a different story.”

Joanne Peel, of Approved Mortgage Services, watched the incident unfold through her shop window. She said: “There was a loud bang when the trailer must have come off and then it went over the verge.

“I just hoped no-one had been hurt. There’s always accidents round here, it’s a very, very busy junction.”

No-one was injured in the accident. Police are investigating.