Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Boat comes loose, blocks traffic... Safety Chains Do not Always Work

Boat comes loose, blocks traffic

Published Monday, September 21, 2009

No one was injured when an 18-foot boat and trailer became unhooked from an SUV Friday evening, blocking traffic north of Pelican Rapids around 8 p.m.

Authorities say John Ladwig, 62, of Moorhead, was traveling northbound on County Highway 9 north of County Highway 23 when his boat and trailer became unhooked as he entered a slight curve. Both tow chains broke and the boat and trailer ended up in the northbound lane of County Highway 9.

Officials with the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office and Pelican Rapids Police Department directed traffic while tow trucks removed the boat and trailer, which were both totaled in the incident.

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