Sunday, January 4, 2009

Route 66 bridge damaged, Loose Trailer From Pick Up

Note: If a loose trailer can cause this much damage... mind you... not from a 18 wheeler... but
from these UnRegulated Utility Trailers.. the one's that weigh just under 3,000 pounds then how do expect cars, houses and human beings to survive when you get hit with one of these?

Steve Logsdon of ODOT looks at damage to a steel truss bridge over the Verdigris River on Route 66 north of Catoosa. ODOT officials said the right hand lane of the bridge will be closed for several weeks.
“The right lane southbound will be closed for several weeks,” said Kenna Mitchell of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. “A support beam was severed and other damage occurred.” By Joy Hampton

January 1, 2008

Southbound traffic on Route 66 between Verdigris and Catoosa will narrow to one lane over a steel truss bridge following an accident which severed a support beam earlier this week.

Tuesday afternoon a trailer got loose from a pickup and struck the steel truss bridge over the Verdigris River on SH 66 north of Catoosa according to Mitchell.

Southbound traffic along SH 66 was routed back to SH 266 while ODOT engineers inspected the damage. Following those inspections, one lane was reopened.

A speed limit of 45 mph will be strictly enforced along with a weight limit not to exceed 15 tons. Loads wider than 10 feet will not be allowed to cross the bridge.

Mitchell said ODOT has set up message boards in several places alerting motorists to the lane closure.

Monday, December 29, 2008

3 injured when trailer breaks free, causes rollover

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Coeur d'Alene Press, The (ID)
December 1, 2008

Section: News
Page: A3

3 injured when trailer breaks free, causes rollover
Article Text:SAGLE — A trailer broke free from its hitch Saturday afternoon, crashing into an oncoming car, causing it to roll. Alan Gibson, 51, was southbound in a 1986 Dodge truck near milepost 468 on U.S. 95 in the Sagle area when the trailer he was hauling started to fishtail.

It broke loose and struck a northbound Kia Sedona driven by Ruby Wheeler, 41, of Sandpoint who had pulled over to try and avoid the trailer.

After being struck by the trailer, Wheeler drove off the road, causing her vehicle to roll. Wheeler and two passengers were transported to Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint. Wheeler was admitted and was in stable condition Saturday evening.

No information was available on her passengers. Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls police reported a quiet weekend in spite of Friday's snowfall, with no significant traffic incidents.
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Loose trailer strikes pickup towing animals.

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Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)
November 7, 2008

Accident kills horse, injures woman Loose trailer strikes pickup towing animals.
Author: JOE MEYERof the Tribune's staff
Article Text:A Rocheport woman is recovering from a weekend wreck that killed a horse on Highway 40 after a utility trailer detached from another vehicle and struck the pickup she was driving on her way to a horse show.

The wreck occurred Saturday morning as Lisa Morrissey, 36, was towing a horse trailer behind a Ford pickup. The trailer overturned, and authorities euthanized one of the horses, a thoroughbred hunter-jumper.

Another horse suffered injuries to a leg but survived the collision. Morrissey remains hospitalized at University Hospital and was listed in good condition today. Family and friends said she is recovering from a shattered femur, broken pelvis and broken collarbone. Morrissey's niece, 14-year-old Jordan Husa, and her friend, 13-year-old Alexis Tolch, were treated and released from the hospital.

"We're very thankful to have my wife alive," Bill Morrissey said by phone today from his wife's hospital room. "She didn't do anything wrong. They were just driving down the road." According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Morrissey was driving eastbound on Highway 40 just west of Route J at 8:50 a.m. when her pickup was struck by a utility trailer that had became detached from a westbound 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The collision totaled Morrissey's truck and forced the horse trailer to jackknife and overturn, the highway patrol said. "Had it been a smaller car, it probably would have been a serious fatality accident," highway patrol Cpl. Paul Meyers said today.

The trailer being pulled by the SUV was described by family and friends as homemade, but Meyers said it was a professionally-manufactured agricultural brush burner. "It was an odd-looking contraption," Meyers said.

The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as Joseph Schuster, 45, of Columbia, was issued a citation for not properly securing a load, Meyers said. He was not injured, the highway patrol said. Terri Wright of Columbia, a family friend, said Morrissey noticed the trailer swaying from side to side and pulled over to let it pass. "It was very heavy," Wright said of the trailer, "must have hit her like a freight train, basically.

" Wright said one of the horses, a 15-year-old thoroughbred named Payton, was euthanized on the scene by a veterinarian from Equine Medical Services in Columbia. "He used to be my horse, so it hits really close to home," Wright said, adding that Husa rode the horse, which she estimated to be worth $10,000. Another horse, a Trekhaner named Bree, survived the wreck but required multiple stitches to a leg, Bill Morrissey said. Jill Morrissey has undergone multiple surgeries and faces months of rehabilitation. "We don't know precisely what that will entail," Bill Morrissey said. Reach Joe Meyer at (573) 815-1718 or
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A livestock trailer in tow behind a pickup overturned

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McClatchy-Tribune Regional News (USA)
November 25, 2008

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BRIEF: Cattle loose after trailer flips on I-77
Author: Sherry Youngquist, Winston-Salem Journal, N.C.
Article Text:Nov. 25 LAMBSBURG, Va. A livestock trailer in tow behind a pickup overturned on northbound Interstate 77 about 3 p.m., releasing two cows and a calf onto the roadway, authorities said.

The cattle went into the woods near the highway, authorities said. State police and other law enforcement officials located the calf, a dispatcher said. The two cows are in the woods along the interstate, where authorities are trying to coax them out.

The wreck occurred just across the Virginia state line between the Virginia welcome center and exit 1, according to the Virginia State Police. -

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Trailer breaks loose from truck, slams into Pole.. Loose Trailer

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News Herald, The (Panama City, FL)
November 11, 2008

Section: State and regional

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Crash cuts power, cancels classes: Trailer breaks loose from truck, slams into power pole; no one injured
Author: Jon Miltimore; The News Herald, Panama City, Fla.

Article Text:Nov. 11--PANAMA CITY -- A trailer towing a bulldozer broke loose Monday, crossed traffic and slammed into a power pole, knocking lines onto passing vehicles and disrupting electricity to homes and businesses in the area, including Gulf Coast Community College, which canceled classes for the day.

The trouble began about 8 a.m. as a dump truck carrying a trailer was traveling east on U.S. 98, just off the Hathaway Bridge. Then, the improperly attached trailer came free, according to Panama City Police Department officials.

The trailer crossed one lane of traffic and struck a pole, exposing live electrical wires and destroying two poles, officers said. Florida Freedom Regional Editor Phil Lucas witnessed the crash up close. "I was just easing past him in the right lane because I don't like to ride next to large trucks," Lucas said. "I looked in my mirror and saw the trailer (unattached) making a lane change." Lucas said he could see poles and wires snapping and flailing when the trailer hit.

"There was one power line dangling 8 feet into the road, and I just shot under it," Lucas said. A witness recalled seeing blue sparks shooting off the top of Lucas' car as it passed under electrical wires. Four police units responded to the area to navigate traffic around the accident and close traffic in one lane. Firefighters also were on scene to keep pedestrians clear of the downed lines. Shortly after police arrived, a semi-truck attempted to drive through a restricted zone that police had shut down, and the semi became entangled, causing more electrical wires to be exposed, police said.

Police said traffic returned to normal about 5 p.m. Operations at Port Panama City were interrupted for a few hours until generators began to supply power to most port operations, according to port officials. Port Panama City Executive Director Wayne Stubbs said a few isolated sectors would be down for much of the day, but cargo operations were interrupted only briefly. Gulf Coast Community College canceled all Monday classes.

Officials said the campus would be closed today, as well, for Veterans Day, but classes were expected to resume Wednesday. Other area satellite campuses were unaffected. Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers said 121 customers had their electricity interrupted, but power resumed in all locations by 5:03 p.m. Police said the driver of the dump truck was cited with failure to secure a load. The semi-driver was cited with careless driving. Their names were not released Monday.

No injuries were reported. Memo:
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Driver who damaged pole sought, Loose Trailer

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Poughkeepsie Journal (NY)
December 10, 2008

Page: 5B

Driver who damaged pole sought
Author: STAFF
Article Text:Dutchess County sheriff's deputies were continuing their search Tuesday night for a tow-truck operator who fled in his truck after a trailer he was towing broke loose and smashed into a utility pole on Route 343 in the Town of Washington.

The accident happened at about 4:50 p.m. at the intersection of Route 343 and Chestnut Ridge Road. The intersection remained closed late into the evening while crews made repairs to the pole and removed debris from the crash, Sgt. Mark Femenella said.

Witnesses told sheriff's deputies a tow truck was towing the trailer of a tractor trailer westbound on Route 343 when the trailer came unhitched and slammed into the pole, knocking it down and strewing wires across the highway, Femenella said. The tow truck was described as a large, multi-axle vehicle painted white with blue lettering and a phone number starting with area code 201.

The damaged trailer was inscribed with Finnegan's Warehouse Corp. Deputies are also looking for a tractor trailer with Finnegan's Warehouse Corp. written on it. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 845-486-3800.
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Boat flies through the air, lands on car... Loose Trailer

Boat flies through the air, lands on car

Posted: Dec 19, 2008 04:16 PM

Updated: Dec 19, 2008 04:18 PM

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

December 19, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It's not everyday that a boat becomes airborn and lands on a car but it happened in East Albany last night and we have some pretty amazing pictures to show you. Mary Mann snapped these photos with her cellphone.

This is at the MD Food Mart on East Oglethorpe Boulevard around 6:30 Thursday night. This Bass Tracker was being pulled behind a truck when the trailer broke loose and went sailing across west bound traffic and landed on this car.

Three people were inside the car and luckily weren't hurt. Mary Mann said the boat narrowly missed her. She said, "All I saw was this great big ball of fire where it was skidding across the road and jumped the median and into the gas station and landed right on top of this car. It was a mess, but luckily nobody got hurt. That's the best thing about the whole thing. I think it's a Christmas miracle the way everything happened. I mean, if it had to happen, nobody got hurt and that's the best thing. That's the best thing."

57-year old Benjamin Dupree of Leesburg is the owner of the boat. He's been charged with failure to secure load.

Ms. Mann said one of the small children stepped out of the smashed car and told his father, quote, "Looks like we're going to need a tow truck."