Accidents In 2001
NOTE:This year 381 lives were lost, 21,356 were injured and 40,445 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 4,800 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.
      
       1.   Newton Kansan, The (KS) - August 15, 2001

Wreck closes highway for hours   
     Two truck drivers were hurt and I-135 was shut down after a trailer loaded with a mechanical bull broke loose Tuesday and careened down the roadway. The trailer was struck about 4:30 p.m. by both northbound and southbound semis in a construction zone on the highway between Broadway and K-15. The collision sent both semis into the meridian and destroyed the trailer, leaving debris scattered across the highway."It was a mess," Rob Istas, with the Kansas Highway...



       2.   Erie Times-News (PA) - April 12, 2001

Trailer breaks loose, causing accident Two people were injured Thursday afternoon when a trailer hitch broke, causing a trailer to break loose from a truck and fishtail into the wrong lane of state Route 97. It and an oncoming pickup truck then collided, state police said.The accident happened at 1:16 p.m. in Union Township, west of Union City.Troopers said Randall Meabon, 46, of Wattsburg, was driving a 1998 Dodge truck east on Route 97, pulling a 1999 Eby trailer.Police   
    


       3.   Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - April 20, 2001

Metro & Texas Digest   
     Fort Worth area Trailer with trees breaks loose, hits car on N. I-35W FORT WORTH - A horse trailer carrying peach trees came unhitched from a northbound pickup on Interstate 35W near the Basswood Boulevard exit Thursday night, rolling across the median and hitting a southbound Toyota head-on. A white extended-cab truck in the southbound lane then hit the right front passenger side of the Toyota, police Sgt. Anne Cummings said. The driver of the Toyota was...



       4.   Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) - July 24, 2001

GRAND JURY TO GET FATAL ACCIDENT,  2 DIED WHEN TRAILER CAME LOOSE, HIT TRUCK   
     A Cumberland County grand jury is expected to decide whether to charge the man whose trailer slipped off its hitch and slammed into an oncoming pickup truck over the weekend, killing two women on their way to a church revival.Frank Patrick, 33, was hauling what appeared to be a homemade trailer with a car tied down with a cable and a nylon cord when the wreck occurred about 5 p.m. Saturday on Ky. 449 south of Burkesville, said Trooper Chris Knifley of the Kentucky State Police....


       5.   Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) - May 18, 2001

Driver convicted in fatal crash   
     SOLON TOWNSHIP -- A Newaygo man was found guilty Thursday by a Kent County Circuit judge of causing the deaths of two men when a trailer broke loose from behind a dump truck.Eugene Lord, 57, faces up to two years in prison when sentenced on July 31 by Judge Donald Johnston. Johnston found Lord guilty of two counts of negligent homicide after a five-day non-jury trial.Jasper "Buck" Smith, 78, of Cedar Springs, and his nephew, 42-year-old Dennis Dean Smith died...



       6.   St. Petersburg Times - May 24, 2001

Runaway trailer hits truck   
     Fuel truck driver Stephanie Butler of Tampa was shaken up Wednesday when a flatbed trailer came loose on Interstate 4 near U.S. 92 and rammed into her vehicle, which she had stopped on the shoulder to check. She was not seriously injured. The driver towing the trailer, James Ellston of Tampa, was charged with driving an unsecured vehicle. Fuel truck driver Stephanie Butler of Tampa was shaken up Wednesday when a flatbed trailer came loose on Interstate 4 near U.S. 92 and rammed into...


       7.    Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA) - June 12, 2001

TRAILER DETACHES FROM TRUCK   
     No injuries were reported after a trailer came loose from a tractor which was driving on Owl Creek Road, Tamaqua, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Tamaqua police were dispatched to the scene, and found the tractor trailer resting on its side on the property of Anthony Kropp.Robert C. Boyer, 66, of Liberty Street, Orwigsburg, was hauling a trailer of crushed cars, when he believed the fifth wheel mechanism broke, causing it to detach.Kropp’s yard and his mailbox was...



       8.   The Sun - April 5, 2001

Police charge truck driver Trenching machine fell off trailer that swerved into traffic 2 women fatally injured Clarksville   
     The driver of a truck whose trailer swung into oncoming traffic, sparking a crash that killed two Clarksville women, was charged yesterday with manslaughter.Howard County police also accused Harold Dewayne Kitchens, 27, of Hot Springs, Ark., of failing to properly secure the load on a flatbed trailer - two large pieces of construction equipment, one of which came loose and toppled onto Clarksville Pike (Route 108) during rush hour Tuesday.A Toyota Corolla driven by 67-year-old Sue...


       9.   Bangor Daily News (ME) - August 23, 2001

Boat, trailer break free, collide with car   
     A 20-foot boat and trailer broke free from a pickup truck Wednesday morning and collided head-on with a car traveling in the opposite lane on U.S. Route 1 near Oyster River Road.Ettamae Hallowell, 77, of Nobleboro and her passenger, Ethel Benner, no age or town available, who were traveling east in a 1999 Ford Escort, were taken to Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport by ambulances, Thomaston police Detective Cpl. Michael Janczura said Wednesday.Hallowell was admitted for...



       10.   The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution - July 13, 2001

Trailer-towing adventure shifts a driver's habits   
     If experience is the best teacher, then my husband, Bob, and I have been to the Harvard of trailer towing. Recently, we purchased a Class A motor home, one of those tour bus-sized vehicles. We also pull a small utility trailer behind it.I have long advocated that anyone who pulls a trailer ought to use an equalizer hitch, which has two additional spring-loaded arms parallel to the trailer tongue. Besides doing a wonderful job of equally distributing the tongue weight -- thus the...



       11.   The Knoxville News-Sentinel - November 8, 2001

* TANKER, TRAILER GO SEPARATE WAYS, GUM UP INTERSTATE 40,  700 gallons of gasoline tank sludge spilled   
     A trailer carrying a 700-gallon container filled with sludge from gasoline tanks broke free from the truck pulling it on Interstate 40 Wednesday, barely missing one car and snarling traffic for hours. The trailer smashed into a guardrail, dislodging about 40 feet of the metal rail and then bounced back into the three westbound lanes near the Holston River Bridge.The impact ripped the tank off the trailer, and the metal tank smashed onto the asphalt, spilling gasoline-tainted...


       12.   St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - October 1, 2001

DEPUTY IS STRUCK, KILLED BY TRAILER CROSSING MEDIAN   
     A deputy sheriff for St. Francois County died early Sunday from injuries Saturday when a trailer came loose from an oncoming vehicle, went across the median and struck his patrol car, authorities said.Deputy Sheriff Steven Ziegler, 32, died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur.Leadington Police Sgt. Rick Pogue, who handled the wreck, said the accident happened before 8 a.m. Saturday on Highway 67 near Highway 32 in Leadington, about 65...


       13.   Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - August 15, 2001

AREA NEWS IN AREA AND STATE   
     2 injured in wreck after trailer comes loose along I-135 NEWTON - Two people were slightly injured when a dislodged trailer was hit by two semitrailers late Tuesday afternoon along I-135.The accident occurred at 4:35 p.m., when the trailer, attached to a Ford pickup heading south on the interstate, detached and went left into the northbound lane.The trailer was hit by a Freightliner driven by Robert McCoy, from Belton, Tex. The impact sent the trailer back into the southbound...



       14.   Lewiston Morning Tribune (ID) - July 28, 2001

Around the Region   
     Runaway trailer wheel starts fire by Pomeroy POMEROY -- The wheel of a trailer that came loose and landed in a dry field near Pomeroy ignited a fire Friday that burned more than 2,000 acres of wheat and grassland.The driver of the pickup truck pulling the trailer stopped momentarily, but left the scene when he realized the fire had started, according to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office.Drivers behind him who witnessed the incident called in the fire about 2...



       15.   The Sun - April 5, 2001

Police charge truck driver with manslaughter in crash 2 women fatally injured in Howard accident   
     The driver of a truck whose trailer swung into oncoming traffic, sparking a crash that killed two Clarksville women, was charged yesterday with manslaughter.Howard County police also accused Harold Dewayne Kitchens, 27, of Hot Springs, Ark., of failing to properly secure the load on a flatbed trailer -- two large pieces of construction equipment, one of which came loose and toppled onto Clarksville Pike (Route 108) during rush hour Tuesday.A Toyota Corolla driven by 67-year-old Sue...



       16.   Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - August 14, 2001

TRAFFIC FATALITY   
     Lillian F. Fritchey, 65, of Wilderville died after being struck by a trailer Sunday at 8415 S.E. Clatsop St. in Portland.Fritchey was standing near a house at the bottom of a sloping driveway about 12:10 p.m., when a truck with a cargo trailer attached backed off the main road. The trailer came loose, hitting Fritchey and pinning her against the house. She died at 7:25 p.m. from multiple injuries at OHSU Hospital


       17.   Lancaster New Era (PA) - May 11, 2001

TRUCK-BUSTERS,  NEW RANDOM INSPECTIONS FORCE UNSAFE RIGS OFF ROAD   
     A truck from Philadelphia drives through Lancaster City.It has no brake lights.It has no turn signals.It DOES have a loose coupling between the trailer and cab, a leaking air-brake system and a driver wanted in Ohio for the theft of titanium.Adding insult to injury, the driver has no commercial driver's license.Except for the titanium-theft wrinkle, inspection officers say, the scenario is not as unusual as local residents might hope as trucks travel the...
Press Republican (Plattsburgh, NY) - July 21, 2001



       18.   Route 11 wreck,  Uncoupled trailer smashes car, kills young Chateaugay woman   

     MOOERS — A massive collision took the life of a young Chateaugay woman on Route 11 Friday evening.Jessica A. Malark, 22, of Chateaugay, was killed half a mile west of St. Johns Road in the Town of Mooers when her car was struck head-on by a trailer that had come loose from the pickup truck pulling it.Scott A. Snide, 41, of Mooers Forks told State Police based in Chazy that he was driving his new Chevy pickup truck east on Route 11, towing a flatbed trailer loaded with...



       19.   Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO) - January 30, 2001

State patrol attributes fatal wreck to improperly loaded equipment   
     JENN FARRELL The Coloradoan Improperly loaded equipment caused a trailer to break loose from the truck hauling it last week and hit a minivan driven by a Fort Collins woman, Colorado State Patrol officials said Monday.The driver of the van, 43-year-old Yvonne LePlatt, died of injuries she suffered in the wreck. Her funeral was Monday at The Vineyard Church of Fort Collins, 1201 Riverside Ave.Charges are pending against the truck's driver, Dennis Beaman, CSP Master...


       20.   Watertown Daily Times (NY) - July 22, 2001

NORTH COUNTRY BRIEFS   
     Trailer Comes Loose, Kills Chateaugay Woman Associated Press MOOERS A 22-year-old woman died when her car collided with a trailer that had detached from a pickup truck, according to State Police.Jessica Malark of Chateaugay died instantly in the crash on Route 11 Friday evening, police said. Scott Snide, 41, of Mooers Forks, was driving the pickup truck, pulling the flatbed trailer loaded with lawn mowing equipment. Police were investigating why the trailer detached....



       21.   Anderson Independent-Mail (SC) - June 21, 2001

Man faces misdemeanor charges in wreck that killed woman   
     Charges of having an insufficient safety device on a trailer have been filed against an Anderson man after a traffic accident Saturday that killed a 74-year-old Starr woman.The charge is a misdemeanor "moving violation" punishable by a fine or jail time, South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Lance Cpl. Dan Marceau said.Gilberto Delona Gonzales, 35, was charged Wednesday by the Anderson Police Department and released on a $100 bond, Lt. Fred Purdy said....



       22.   Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, TN) - October 2, 2001

Algood man victim in White County wreck   
     An Algood man was killed in a traffic accident in White County on Saturday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The death of Harris Eldridge Jr., 49, of Circle Road, Algood, was caused by a utility trailer which came loose from another vehicle and hit Eldridge's car head-on, according to the THP.It happened on Highway 136 near the Saylors Crossroads area in White County on Sept. 29 just after 1 p.m., according to a report by State Trooper Brian...


       23.   Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL) - October 22, 2001

NEWS WATCH   
     Bike hauling trailer flips; couple hurt SCOTTSMOOR -- A Merritt Island couple on a motorcycle were bounced off the bike on U.S. 1 Sunday morning when a small trailer they were pulling twisted loose and caused the bike to flip, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.Joseph Gagnan and his wife, Samantha, were taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach by ambulance.Joseph Gagnan was listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit. Samantha Gagnan was treated in the...



       24.   Anderson Independent-Mail (SC) - June 20, 2001

74-year-old woman dies after "freak" traffic accident   
     A 74-year-old Starr woman died at the hospital Wednesday from injuries suffered Saturday afternoon when a runaway utility trailer rammed into her car's front windshield.Mildred Patterson Land of 232 Travis Road in Starr never regained consciousness after the wreck. She died at the Anderson Area Medical Center around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.Her car was traveling south on Murray Avenue on Saturday when an empty trailer broke loose from a truck, crossed into oncoming traffic and


       25.   Cincinnati Enquirer, The (OH) - February 4, 2001

Collision ties up I-71, but injuries to 2 slight   
     By Tim Bonfield The Cincinnati Enquirer A couple headed to Florida from Cleveland for a month's vacation escaped serious injury Saturday night when the travel-trailer they were towing flipped over several times after a collision on Interstate 71."We're real lucky more people weren't hurt," said Capt. Rodney Wilson of the Deer Park - Silverton Fire Department, which responded to the call.The trailer was being towed...



       26.   Times, The (Trenton, NJ) - November 26, 2001

SUV hits truck on I-195 median   
     WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP _ A man from Brick suffered a gash to his forehead after he ran into a truck that police said was illegally parked on Interstate 195 West.About 2 p.m., another vehicle, towing a horse trailer, pulled onto the shoulder of the highway near Exit 8 because the trailer was loose, said Trooper Jeremy Russ of the Wilburtha station.The motorist took the horse out of the trailer and tried fixing the connection, Russ said. That caused other drivers to slow down and look. One...



       27.   Seattle Post-Intelligencer - January 9, 2001

ACCIDENT SAPS POWER TO SAN JUAN ISLANDS   
     A traffic accident in Anacortes downed a power line that left San Juan Islands residents without electricity for several hours yesterday.A trailer broke loose from the truck pulling it, crashing into a power pole near the ferry landing in Anacortes just before 12:30 p.m., said Doug Bechtel, general manager for the Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. The pole carries the primary power line to the islands, he said.As a result of the accident, the cooperative's 11,000 members...


       28.   Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, WA) - June 14, 2001

9KINGSTON TRAFFIC-STOPPER: Backhoe accident injures no one   
     By Julie McCormick, Sun Staff A spectacular accident near the ferry terminal in Kingston on Wednesday afternoon miraculously injured no one. A dump truck pulling a trailer with a large backhoe on it appeared to lose control as it came down the steep slope of Ohio Avenue parallel to the ferry lanes, reported firefighters, who heard the details from bystanders.The truck and trailer crossed both ferry traffic lanes, which were empty at the time. Then the driver attempted a sharp right...



       29.   Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO) - January 25, 2001

Trailer comes loose, kills passing driver   
     By JENN FARRELL The Coloradoan A 43-year-old Fort Collins woman was killed Wednesday when a 35-foot flatbed trailer loaded with two Bobcats hit her minivan on Timberline Road.Yvonne LePlatt was driving northbound on Timberline between Pros-pect Road and Mulberry Street around 4 p.m. when a southbound dump truck lost the trailer carrying the small skid loaders. The trailer crossed the center line and struck LePlatt's minivan, peeling the roof off of the purple Ford...



       28.   Register-Mail, The (Galesburg, IL) - May 7, 2001

in fair condition   
     Boy fair after ATV accident KNOXVILLE - A 12-year-old Galesburg boy is in fair condition at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria after falling off of a four-wheel all terrain vehicle and being run over by a trailer Sunday morning.According to the Knox County Sheriffs Department, Benjamin Irwin, 12, 707 Fleisher Road, Galesburg, was riding facing backward on a 1984 Honda TRX 200 driven by Douglas J. Weis, 40, 776 Eiker Drive at 10:10 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Eiker Drive....



       29.   Lawton Constitution, The (OK) - August 1, 2001

Smash-Up   
     Copyright 2001 by The Lawton Constitution, All rights Reserved. Police officers, firefighters and others work to clear the scene of an accident Tuesday on East Gore Boulevard. Lawton Police Department Master Officer Bob McGlothin said the accident occurred when a trailer loaded with ice came loose from a truck and drifted into oncoming traffic. It smashed into a 1992 Dodge Dynasty driven by Lisa Womack. Her car then slammed into a truck. Womack was being held at a local hospital for observation...


       30.   The Sun - April 8, 2001

Police seek witnesses to accident that killed 2 Clarksville women   
     Howard County police want to talk with anyone who might have witnessed an accident on Route 108 that killed two Clarksville women Tuesday.Just before 5 p.m., a truck eastbound on Route 108, also known as Clarksville Pike, was towing a flatbed trailer that carried two large pieces of trenching equipment. The trailer slid into the westbound lanes.One piece of equipment came loose and hit a white Toyota Corolla driven by Sue Marie Miller, 67. The trailer then hit a blue Dodge Grand...


       31.   News-Press, The (Fort Myers, FL) - November 19, 2001

Man killed in I-75 crash on Saturday identified   
     By MIKE NEMETH mnemeth@news-press.com The Florida Highway Patrol has identified a man killed early Saturday morning on Interstate 75 as Jose Piloto, 70, of Naples.FHP troopers said Piloto, of 1818 Benton Road, was killed after losing control of his pickup just after 4 a.m.According to the FHP, Piloto was heading north on the interstate near Bonita Beach Road, pulling a horse trailer with his pickup.Initial FHP reports said Piloto attempted to steer from the left lane into the...


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