Accidents In 2000
NOTE: This year 437 lives were lost, 26,095 were injured and 39,512 vehicles, trailers and other items were either destroyed or damaged.

This data vastly underestimate the true magnitude of this public safety issue. 
Not all accidents are reported and the Uniform Traffic Accident Report does not have a section for Utility Trailers.



Note:  I have researched and have found over 5,000 accidents involving Utility Trailers as reported by newspapers In this Year.  I will feature 100 as finances allow to purchase the articles and will provide summary's for as many as possible.

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       3.   Mobile Register (AL) - July 13, 2000

One dead, one critical after wreck in Montrose    
     One dead, one critical after wreck in Montrose Two vehicles destroyed after colliding with trailer that broke loose on U.S. 98 By RENA HAVNER Staff Reporter MONTROSE - One man was killed and another was critically injured Wednesday when a heavy equipment trailer broke loose from its truck and careened into oncoming traffic on U.S. 98, slicing a car in half and dumping a tractor that crushed another vehicle.Richard Constantini, 45, of Fairhope was killed when the Ford tractor landed on...



       4.   Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI) - June 2, 2000

Animals ran loose on I-94 after trailer carrying them flipped over   
     Traffic on both sides of I-94 was forced into a slow canter Thursday afternoon when two horses ran loose on the highway after spilling from a rolled-over trailer just over the Washtenaw-Jackson county line.The driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries in the one-vehicle crash. The horses suffered cuts and abrasions and were rounded up with the help of some passers-by within about 10 minutes.Traffic, however, was tied up or slowed more than an hour....



       5.    Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - March 28, 2000

Newsline briefs   
     Utahn killed by pipe flying through truck CEDAR CITY -- A driver was killed Monday afternoon when a piece of irrigation pipe came loose from a makeshift trailer and flew into his pickup truck's windshield, striking the man in the face.Killed was: Sheldon Lawrence Lewis, 23, Cedar City.The 12:25 p.m. accident happened as Lewis was westbound on U.-56 and an eastbound vehicle approached on the two-lane highway. The eastbound vehicle was towing a trailer loaded with...



       6.   Mountain Democrat (Placerville, CA) - September 12, 2000

Trailer hits motorcyclist   
     COLOMA A runaway trailer got the better of apassing motorcyclist on Highway 49 Saturday, according to California HighwayPatrol officers. Anthony Michael Steneck, a 39-year-old Placervilleresident, was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with road rash andmultiple open fractures to his left leg after a trailer broke loose from itstruck and ran into his 1983 Yamaha motorcycle.Officers said 50-year-oldDavid A. Chandler of Placerville was driving southbound on Highway 49, northof...


       7.   Grand Island Independent, The (NE) - April 24, 2000

Runaway trailer knocks out phone service in Grand Island   
     Hundreds of Grand Island residents lost telephone service Monday afternoon when a runaway trailer took out a major connection point. A trailer attached to a truck broke loose and ran over a cross connection point where many telephone cables come together at about 12:30 p.m., said U S West spokeswoman Carla Ewert. About 400 residential customers in the southwest portion of Grand Island were affected, she said.Technicians were restoring service to customers one at a time, but getting...



       8.   Daily Camera (Boulder, CO) - July 25, 2000

RUNAWAY TRAILER CLIPS POWER POLE, PUTS OUT LIGHTS   
     LAFAYETTE __ A Longmont man caused an explosion north of Lafayette Monday when a trailer he was towing separated and plowed into a power pole.Rob Barndenett, 48, said the empty trailer he was towing came loose from his Dodge 4X4 pickup as he crossed the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on 95th Street north of Valmont Road at 1:20 p.m.Barndenett watched the trailer pass his truck and clip a wooden power pole, causing a transformer to explode."The trailer yo-yoed behind me...


       9.  Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities - October 27, 2000

Eagan woman was victim in trailer crash   
     A woman killed Wednesday in Lakeville when her van hit a U-Haul trailer that had detached from another vehicle has been identified as Mildred Holum, 60, of Eagan. Her husband, Leo Holum, 63, was southbound on Interstate Hwy. 35 north of 185th Street when the trailer came loose from its vehicle and crossed the median, according to the State Patrol. The van rolled after hitting the trailer. Mildred Holum died of head injuries. Her husband was released Thursday from Regions...



       10.   Daily Herald - July 28, 2000

Man in critical condition after being run over by own trailer   
     A 50-year-old Wauconda man suffered numerous severe injuries in Algonquin Thursday night when his boat ran him over as he tried to hook it up to his car's trailer.The man, whose name was not released Thursday, was transported to Sherman Hospital in Elgin around 10 p.m. with head, pelvic, internal and arm injuries. He was listed in critical condition.The man was attaching his boat to a trailer in the parking lot of Erickson Marina on North Harrison Street in Algonquin when...



       11.   Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) - September 28, 2000

CRASH CLOSES ROSE BAY BRIDGE   
     A trailer laden with asphalt pulled loose from a crippled pickup Tuesday, blocking two lanes of U.S. 1 at Rose Bay and showing how vulnerable that stretch of the roadway is to a traffic jam.The two lanes are serving to get traffic north and south through an area where the state Department of Transportation is replacing eight bridges crossing Rose Bay and Spruce Creek between Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach. When the bridge work is completed the highway will be four lanes again.....


       12.   News-Times, The (Danbury, CT) - May 5, 2000

The News-Times/Carol Kaliff Stephen Faldasz of Tewksbury, Mass., stands next to the wreck of a 24-foot motorboat that broke loose from its trailer yesterday on Interstate 84 in Brewster and plunged 125 feet off the Veterans Memorial Bridge onto routes 6 and 22. The boat and a personal water craft snapped utility poles as they fell but miraculously missed several vehicles below. Faldasz said he was transporting the craft from New England to West Palm Beach, Fla. Please see story on Page A-8.   
     Boat falls off I-84 bridge, but misses Route 6 traffic Special to The News-Times BREWSTER, N.Y. Police and fire officials are calling it a miracle.A 24-foot motorboat with a JetSki attached being towed along Interstate 84 broke loose from its trailer yesterday and plummeted 125 feet off the Veterans Memorial Bridge onto routes 6 and 22 in Brewster, demolishing the boat and snapping utility poles but missing several vehicles below.Brewster Fire Department was dispatched for a...



       13.   The Knoxville News-Sentinel - July 8, 2000

Two OR executives killed in freak accident,  Loose utility trailer crashed into car   
     OAK RIDGE -- Two top-level executives of the company that provides security services for the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation died in a freak traffic accident Friday morning, police said.Walter N. Ferguson III and John E. Johns were killed when their car collided with a utility trailer that had come loose from a pickup truck.Ferguson, 57, of Knoxville was president of Wackenhut Services Inc.Johns, 52, of Walland was director of personnel security for..
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       14.   Houston Chronicle - May 20, 2000

School bus driver killed, 4 kids hurt   
     DERWOOD, Md. - A trailer carrying a tractor broke loose from a farm truck and crashed into a school bus Friday, killing the bus driver and injuring four children, police said.Three children were airlifted by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Washington and another child was taken away by ambulance.A spokesman for Children's Hospital said a 5-year-old girl was listed in critical condition and a 5-year-old girl and 11-year-old girl were in serious condition....



       15.   Associated Press Archive - May 20, 2000

School bus driver killed, children injured on trip home   
     A trailer carrying a tractor broke loose from a farm truck and crashed into a school bus Friday, killing the bus driver and injuring three children, police said. The injured children -- two 5-year-old girls and an 11-year-old girl -- were airlifted by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Washington, Montgomery County Police spokesman Derek Baliles said. One 5-year-old girl was listed in critical condition and the other two girls were in serious condition.The head of the...



       16.   Bennington Banner (VT) - October 5, 2000

Whipping chain causes accident   
     ARLINGTON - A chain broke loose from a flatbed trailer on Route 7 at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday and flew across the northbound lane, hitting the windshield of a van carrying 11 people, Vermont State Police reported.The van had to be towed, but there were no injuries, Trooper Peter McConnell said."It was lucky that the chain hit part of the roof," McConnell commented. The chain bounced off the van into roadside grass.The passengers, who were touring Vermont, were...



       17.   The Journal News - August 20, 2000

TAPPAN   
     Runaway trailer hurts one on PIP Traffic was backed up for 90 minutes and a Tappan woman was taken to Nyack Hospital after a runaway trailer carrying a car rolled across the Palisades Interstate Parkway median Friday night.The trailer had been attached to a Budget Rent A Truck driven by a Minnesota man, who was unaware that neither the moving truck nor car trailer was allowed on the parkway, state police Trooper John Antonelli said yesterday.Around 7:30 p.m., Michael Sullivan was..


       18.   Oak Ridger, The (TN) - July 10, 2000

Tragedy shakes OR security firm   
     Florida-based Wackenhut Services Inc., a Department of Energy security provider, was reorganizing its Oak Ridge operations today after the loss Friday of two top local executives in a car-trailer collision. Killed in the 11:23 a.m. accident Friday were Walter Ferguson, 57, senior vice president and general manager, and John Johns, 52, director of personnel security. O. Lynn Calvert, 60, vice president and deputy general manager, was taken to Methodist Medical Center, where this morning...



       19.   Grand Island Independent, The (NE) - May 5, 2000

G.I. driver won't be charged for damaging U S West utility box   
     A man whose runaway trailer damaged a U S West utility box on April 24 will not be charged in the incident. Hall County Attorney Ellen Totzke said no charges will be filed against Gary Starkey, 37, of 1604 Hagge Ave.According to police reports, the accident occurred when the trailer Starkey was pulling broke loose from his vehicle and veered off the road. It struck a mailbox, shrubs, the U S West utility box and a chain-link fence before it stopped about 15 feet from the..
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       20.   Roanoke Times, The (VA) - June 17, 2000

STEEPLE DITCHED ALONG I-81   
     There's the church, but here's its steeple. Friday morning, there were disappointed people.A trailer carrying a new 42-foot steeple that a Northern Virginia church's auditorium had lacked for 12 years careened over a guardrail along Interstate 81 in Roanoke County. What should have been proudly erected at Battlefield Baptist Church in Gainesville on Friday afternoon was instead lying broken in a ditch."We're kind of shocked...


       21.   Albuquerque Journal (NM) - March 31, 2000

TRAILERS LINE UP AGAINST SUSPECT   
     Deputy Arrests Man After Patrol Car Hit The third time apparently was not a charm for Edward Hall.Police say Hall, 50, attempted to steal a utility trailer from the Home Depot store on Renaissance Boulevard in Albuquerque Thursday morning.But the trailer came loose from his Toyota pickup and crashed on the north side of Griegos Road near Edith Boulevard.Hall reportedly returned to the home improvement store and made off with a second trailer, which came loose and crashed...



       22.   San Jose Mercury News (CA) - June 6, 2000

ONE DEAD IN CRASH INVOLVING CHEMICAL   
     One person died and three others were injured early Monday when a tanker carrying a dangerous agricultural chemical crashed and ruptured, shutting down 13 miles of Interstate 5.The chain-reaction accident began when a trailer came loose from the flatbed truck that was towing it and overturned 17 miles south of Los Banos in the rural Central Valley at about 1:45 a.m. Monday.A passenger vehicle, also heading south, swerved around on the right shoulder and stopped ahead of the flatbed...



       23.   Watertown Daily Times (NY) - September 17, 2000

NORTH COUNTRY BRIEFS   
     Accident in Gouverneur Ruins $280,000 Combine GOUVERNEUR < A massive John Deere combine was destroyed when the driver of the tractor trailer hauling it swerved to avoid an accident.Erwin H. Wood, 51, Sandy Creek, was driving north on Route 11 in the town of Gouverneur at 3:25 p.m. Friday when, he told state police, a dump truck pulling a trailer made a sudden stop in front of him.Mr. Wood pulled onto the right shoulder to avoid a collision and struck a concrete...



       24.   Fresno Bee, The (CA) - July 26, 2000

TWO ACCIDENTS SNARL TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 99   
     Two multi-vehicle crashes just a few miles apart snarled traffic on southbound Highway 99 Tuesday afternoon. No one was seriously injured in either crash.The first accident happened about 5 p.m. just south of Jensen Avenue when a trailer came loose from a pickup and overturned.Another pickup and a car crashed into the trailer, with the wreckage blocking the middle and slow lanes, California Highway Patrol officer Debbie Ramirez said.Officers cleared the middle lane about 20...



       25.   Modesto Bee, The (CA) - February 26, 2000

THEFT AND CRASH OF PICKUP LEADS TO OAKDALE MANHUNT   
     A man stole a pickup and the boat and trailer it was hauling Friday night when the owner stopped to buy gas, Oakdale police said. The owner left the keys in the ignition and went inside Oak Tree Mini Mart at 449 W. F St. at 9:30 p.m. to pay, officers said. A few minutes later, the driver of the stolen pickup headed south on Kaufman Road, running a stop sign at Patterson Road. A pickup going west on Patterson crashed into the boat and trailer, which broke loose. The...


       26.   Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT) - May 20, 2000

Trailer smashes into bus, killing driver, injuring 3 kids   
     DERWOOD, Md. (AP) -- A trailer carrying a tractor broke loose from a farm truck and crashed into a school bus Friday, killing the bus driver and injuring three children, police said.The injured children -- two 5-year-old girls and an 11-year-old girl -- were airlifted by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Washington, Montgomery County Police spokesman Derek Baliles said. One 5-year-old girl was listed in critical condition and the other two girls were in serious...


       27.   Anderson Independent-Mail (SC) - July 21, 2000

Child hospitalized after hit by dad's truck trailer   
     A Honea Path child was in critical condition Thursday at a Greenville hospital after he was run over by his step-father's truck trailer in what authorities are calling a freak accident.Anderson police Cpl. Ron Colbert said Tyler Blake Shiflet, 5, was waiting with his mother at about 8 p.m. Wednesday near the Anderson Home Depot's entrance when the accident happened.Tyler's step-father, Robert Andrew Brown, 23, of 13 Pine St. in Honea Path, was...



       28.   Mobile Register (AL) - August 30, 2000

Findings inconclusive in fatal Baldwin accident   
     Findings inconclusive in fatal Baldwin accident By LORI MOORE Staff Reporter MONTROSE - After more than a month of tests and studies, investigators said they cannot identify the exact cause of a July 12 accident involving a runaway trailer on U.S. 98 that killed one man and critically injured another.Police have found no conclusive reason why an equipment trailer and the tractor it carried broke loose from a truck, crossed the median and struck two cars.No charges have been filed.


       29.    Mobile Register (AL) - September 10, 2000

No answers so far in Montrose wreck   
     No answers so far in Montrose wreck By LORI MOORE Staff Reporter MONTROSE - A trailer carrying a tractor somehow came loose from the truck that was hauling it and careened into oncoming traffic.That's the only thing that authorities can say conclusively about the July 12 wreck that killed 45-year-old Richard Constantini and critically injured Dr. James Seay, 71, both of Fairhope.No charges have been filed by police in connection with the mishap, but the accident report...



       30.   New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH) - October 22, 2000

Man crushed beneath boat trailer   
     CENTER HARBOR -- A Moultonborough man was crushed to death underneath his boat trailer Friday, police said. James D. Talotta, 54, owner of JT's Bar-B-Que and Seafood on Route 3 in the Weirs Beach section of Laconia, died of suffocation and chest compression, police said.Center Harbor Police Sgt. Mark C. Chase said he and officers from Meredith and Moultonborough responded to the Town Docks on Route 25 at 11:12 p.m. Friday and found Talotta wedged underneath his boat...



       31.   Star Press, The (Muncie, IN) - July 24, 2000

Area briefs   
     One horse killed, another injured in traffic accident MUNCIE -- A miniature horse was killed and another injured Sunday afternoon when the trailer they were riding in came loose and flipped into a ditch on the Muncie Bypass about a half mile east of Cowan Road.A woman, who name and address were not unavailable at deadline, had picked up a 2-week old horse and was heading to Chicago, towing a trailer with three miniature horses, Delaware County Police Officer Robert A. Fuller said....



       32.   Houston Chronicle - April 25, 2000

Motorist killed in tollway accident   
     Above: John Norton Jr., 45, was killed Monday when a trailer being pulled by a pickup came loose and flew over a retaining wall and into the windshield of his car on the Sam Houston Tollway at Tanner Road.Right: The accident forced traffic on both sides of the tollway to exit onto the feeder near West Little York.Photos: 1. John Norton Jr., 45, was killed Monday when a trailer being pulled by a pickup came loose and flew over a retaining wall and into the windshield of his car on the...


       33.   Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, AR)

March 16, 2000
Section: News
Hackett woman injured in collision Corey S. Krasko / Times Record
CAROLE KATTE,
The passenger of a vehicle that spun out of control on an interstate Tuesday had to be freed by rescue personnel after her legs were pinned and she was trapped inside the vehicle.
Tina Stephens, 27, of Hackett was pinned in a truck for about 20 minutes on Interstate 540 after the vehicle struck a guardrail and then a tractor-trailer rig on the I-540 bridge.
Richard L. Bruner, 63, of Hackett was driving west in the truck, pulling a homemade trailer down the right lane of the interstate when the front axle of the trailer came loose, said trooper Robert Mulac of the Arkansas State police.
Mulac said the loose axle caused Bruner to swerve out of control, first striking the north guardrail of the bridge and then the tractor-trailer rig, which was also traveling west.
Mulac said Bruner's truck hit the tractor-trailer, which was driven by Clifton R. Hicks, 49, of Alma, at a 90-degree angle, causing the truck and trailer to jackknife, blocking both lanes of traffic.
Stephens, who was not wearing her seat belt, was thrown forward in the truck and trapped between the dashboard and the air conditioner/heater duct.
A rescue team from the Fort Smith Fire Department was called and had Stephens free from the wreckage within about 20 minutes, Mulac said. She was transported by emergency personnel to a local hospital.
Mulac said Stephens was the only person injured in the accident and her injuries appeared to be minor.


       34.   North Port Sun (FL) - March 17, 2000

$26,000 in damages, one death in Wednesday wrecks   
     NORTH PORT -- Five separate vehicle crashes Wednesday caused an estimated $26,400 in damages and led to a man's death. Daniel G. Kirschen, 35, of 4131 LaRosa Ave., died from injuries in a 7:07 a.m. crash at Toledo Blade and Price boulevards.The mangled 1987 Isuzu Atrue Lock Service truck he was driving landed in the northeast corner of the intersection, where it stopped after hitting a trailer towed by a UTILX Flow Mole truck. The trailer came loose and the spool of wire...


       35.    Grand Forks Herald (ND) - August 13, 2000

MINNESOTA BRIEFS   
     CASTLE DANGER Three cyclists die in accidents Three people died in two motorcycle accidents that happened at almost the same time but 50 miles apart on Highway 61 along the North Shore of Lake Superior, the State Patrol said Saturday. Two people were killed Friday night when the motorcycle they were riding crashed into a trailer that had come loose from a recreational vehicle near Gooseberry Falls State Park in Lake County. A second motorcycle also collided with the trailer. The victims...


       36.    Grand Forks Herald (ND) - August 13, 2000

MINNESOTA BRIEFS   
     CASTLE DANGER Three cyclists die in accidents Three people died in two motorcycle accidents that happened at almost the same time but 50 miles apart on Highway 61 along the North Shore of Lake Superior, the State Patrol said Saturday. Two people were killed Friday night when the motorcycle they were riding crashed into a trailer that had come loose from a recreational vehicle near Gooseberry Falls State Park in Lake County. A second motorcycle also collided with the trailer. The victims...



       37.   Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) August 22, 2000
Edition: 3
Section: City & Region
Page: B2
Trial ordered in fatal crash
Author: The Grand Rapids Press
A Newaygo man was ordered to stand trial on two counts of negligent homicide for an October crash.
Eugene Lord, 57, could face up to two years in prison if convicted for his role in the Oct. 26 crash in Solon Township.
Jasper "Buck" Smith, 78, of Cedar Springs, was driving on Algoma Avenue NE just south of 22 Mile Road with his nephew, 42-year-old Dennis Dean Smith in a pickup truck when they were struck by an 18-foot trailer that had broken loose from the dump truck Lord was driving.
The trailer was carrying a backhoe, and was connected to the dump truck by a ball-style hitch. Police said Lord didn't use safety chains.
As the dump truck was passing the northbound pickup, investigators say the trailer broke free and hit the pickup head-on, pushing it into a tree-filled ditch and pinning the truck's occupants inside.


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