Accidents In 2003
NOTE:This year 424 lives were lost, 24,597 were injured and 40,080 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 5,700 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.  The Orange County Register - August 12, 2003

Boat trailer turns deadly on the 55 // Motorcycle rider loses life as nautical cargo smashes into him.   
     TUSTIN A trailer carrying a 22-foot sailboat came loose during rush hour Monday morning, careening across the northbound Costa Mesa (55) Freeway and killing a motorcyclist. The driver of the U-Haul rental truck towing the boat stopped, walked back and looked at the motorcyclist dying on the pavement. Then, police said, he fled. ``He became hysterical,'' California Highway Patrol Lt. John Marinez said. ``Witnesses said he just turned and ran back to the...

        2.   NEW STRAITS TIMES-MANAGEMENT TIMES - August 22, 2003

Salesgirl killed by loose trailer wheel in freak accident   
     KULAI, Thurs. - A teenage sales-girl waiting for a bus was killed in a freak accident when a wheel from a trailer broke loose and hit her at Batu 26, Jalan Kulai about 11am this morning. KULAI, Thurs. - A teenage sales-girl waiting for a bus was killed in a freak accident when a wheel from a trailer broke loose and hit her at Batu 26, Jalan Kulai about 11am this morning.The victim, identified as Yong Ai Ling, 18, died at the scene due to injuries to the head and body.It is..

        3.  Ann Arbor News (MI) - November 5, 2003

     Trailer breaks loose, snarls Main St. traffic A trailer broke loose from a utility truck on South Main Street on Tuesday at rush hour, sending the trailer into a brick wall at Michigan Stadium and causing a light pole to fall into a lane of traffic, Ann Arbor Police said.No one was injured, but traffic was snarled because the northbound lane of Main Street north of Stadium Boulevard was closed while crews cleaned up the debris, police said. The trailer, attached to a 20-foot truck,...

        4.  Daily Astorian, The (Astoria, OR) - May 20, 2003

Well, it's called Marine Drive, silly   
     A house sustained serious damage but no injuries were reported when a boat and trailer broke loose from a pickup and slammed into a residence on Marine Drive this morning.A Ford pickup driven by William Lockhart Kerr III, 42, of Warrenton was eastbound on Marine Drive at about 9 a.m. when the trailer carrying a fishing boat slipped off the truck's hitch. The boat and trailer crashed into a house on the northeast corner of Second Street and Marine Drive.The boat knocked...

        5.   Saginaw News (MI) - February 18, 2003

Van hits runaway snowmobile trailer   
     A 45-year-old Otter Lake man suffered possible head injuries and broken legs when the van he was driving crashed head-on into a runaway snowmobile trailer Monday in Bridgeport Township.Richard W. Loga was driving west on East Washington (M-81) near Beyer about 9:30 p.m. when the trailer carrying three snowmobiles came loose from the hitch of a vehicle and veered into Loga's path, said State Police Sgt. Patrick Nael of the Bridgeport Post.After the collision, the van...

        6.   Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) - March 1, 2003

Metal falls off trailer, hits car driver in face,  A 70-pound piece of iron bounded through her windshield.   
     A 23-year-old Grand Haven Township woman was seriously injured Friday morning when a large piece of cast iron flew off a flatbed trailer on U.S. 31, bounced off the street, went through her windshield and hit her in the face.Stefanie Shields first was taken to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, then transferred to Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids, where she was listed in serious condition Friday with facial injuries.Her injuries were not considered life-threatening

        7.       Evansville Courier & Press (IN) - August 15, 2003

     Last week, the bus and trailer carrying Confederate Railroad and all of the band's equipment was barreling down Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis.The trailer broke loose from the bus, and "10,000 pounds of trailer and equipment goes into a ditch," said Danny Shirley, the band's founder and lead vocalist/guitarist."The good Lord was smiling on us. It was a miracle it just rolled off the side of the highway. It...

        8.   The Orange County Register - August 14, 2003

Suspect surrenders in freeway death   
     SANTA ANA A man suspected of fleeing a fatal accident after his boat trailer broke loose on a freeway turned himself in to the California Highway Patrol on Tuesday night, officials said. Officials said Joseph Kennedy, 41, was driving a U-Haul truck Monday morning when the trailer, carrying a 22-foot sailboat, became disengaged. The trailer rolled across lanes on the northbound Costa Mesa (55) Freeway and struck a motorcyclist, killing him. Witnesses said Kennedy got out of...

        9.   Bridgeton News (NJ) - January 1, 2003

Corrections officer dies in crash   
     MAURICE RIVER TWP. - A corrections officer from Millville died as the result of a freak accident after a trailer broke loose from a pickup truck and struck his vehicle at 10:28 p.m. Wednesday.Lloyd Lovell, 51, of Nabb Avenue, an off-duty corrections officer from Southern State Correctional Facility, was operating his blue 2002 Ford pickup on Route 47, at milepost 32.7, near the Dorchester Wawa, when an enclosed Comcast trailer became separated from a 2008 white Ford bucket truck which was...

       10.   Buffalo News, The (NY) - October 10, 2003

     Driver hurt when hit head-on by runaway boat and trailer LEWISTON -- A Swann Road man was injured Thursday when a boat and trailer broke free from another vehicle and crashed head-on into his van, sending the boat flying through the windshield.Richard L. Cavagnaro, 73, was taken to Mount St. Mary's Hospital with head, face and leg injuries, Officer Alan F. Baird said. Information on his condition was not available.The accident occurred at 12:20 p.m. while...

       11.   Press-Enterprise, The (Riverside, CA) - May 10, 2003

Drywall spill blocks Highway 91 traffic   
     CORONA Traffic was blocked on Highway 91 for more than an hour Friday after a trailer full of drywall spilled onto the freeway, the California Highway Patrol said. The trailer became loose and spilled the drywall around 10:30 a.m. on eastbound Highway 91 near northbound Interstate 15, said CHP Officer Jim Whitney. No one was injured and all lanes were closed except for the right shoulder, he said. The highway reopened after 11:30 a.m., Whitney said...

       12.   Saginaw News (MI) - March 4, 2003

Slippery roads damaging   
     Police closed two lanes of northbound Interstate 75 south of Birch Run for about two hours early today after a pickup hauling a travel trailer overturned.The pickup driver and his passenger, a father and son returning from Florida to their mid-Michigan home, lost control on the snowy surface near Burt Road about 3:30 a.m., said state police from the Bridgeport Post.The truck struck the guard rail, jolting the trailer loose, police said. The truck flipped onto its roof and skidded into...

       13.       Flint Journal, The (MI) - February 18, 2003

Tuscola County: Trailer comes loose, hits van; man hospitalized,  POLICE BLOTTER   
     An Otter Lake man was hospitalized with possible head injuries Monday after his van hit a wayward trailer that became unhitched on M-81, state police said. Richard W. Loga, 45, remained in serious condition this morning at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. He suffered broken legs and possible head injuries in the crash shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday, according to state police in Bridgeport. A Saginaw man, 18, had been towing the trailer with three snowmobiles on it...

       14.   The Florida Times-Union - July 2, 2003

CRASH WITNESSES: The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public's help in locating a vehicle involved in a fatal accident last month on Florida 13 in St. Johns County.
Ruth Beck, 82, of St. Augustine died of injuries from the crash a half-mile south of Collier Road, said Lt. Bill Leeper of the Highway Patrol.
The 1 p.m. accident happened when a vehicle was going southbound on Florida 13 and attempted to pass another southbound vehicle. A northbound pickup truck pulling a trailer had to swerve off the road to avoid the passing car, causing the trailer to come loose and striking a third vehicle driven by Beck, Leeper said.
Beck died of her injuries the next day at Shands Jacksonville hospital. The pickup driver, John McKay, 48, of Middleburg, was not injured, Leeper said.
The passing vehicle, which did not stop after the accident, is a new model Honda Civic. The four-door car is dark green with chrome wheels, dark window tinting and small white lettering on the upper part of the back window, Leeper said.
Anyone with information about the accident can contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 1-800-387-1290, extension 106.

       15.   Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA) - July 3, 2003

No injuries were reported in an incident in which a motor-cycle fell off of a trailer   
     No injuries were reported in an incident in which a motorcycle fell off of a trailer. Police said Thomas Rothrock, Nazareth, came to the police station at 8:10 p.m. Sunday to report the incident. Rothrock said he was transporting three motorcycles on a trailer on West Broad Street, when one of the straps used to secure the motorcycles became loose. As a result, a motorcycle fell from the trailer and skidded under a 2001 Chevrolet pick-up truck owned by Bruce Breiner Jr., 324 W. Broad...

       16.   Birmingham News (AL)
January 1, 2003  
Section: News
Page: 3-D
Volume 115, Issue 252
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       17.    FLORIDA TODAY (Melbourne, FL) - December 10, 2003

1 killed after boat falls off trailer, lands on car   
     By Jennifer Ellis Florida Today COCOA -- A local man was killed in a traffic crash late Monday night when a boat fell off a trailer and landed on his car.Gregory Alvin Vanstone, 48, of Cocoa died about 11:19 p.m. at State Road 528 near the bridge over the Indian River.Cocoa police spokeswoman Barbara Matthews said a Nissan Pathfinder towing a 24-foot pleasure boat with an outboard motor was struck from behind by a small Toyota four-door sedan, knocking the boat loose from the...

       18.   Morning Call, The (Allentown, PA) - October 13, 2003

     GREENWICH TOWNSHIP Berks County A one-car accident closed Interstate 78 eastbound for two hours Saturday afternoon, tangling traffic, police said.According to state police at Hamburg: Audrey A. Smith, 44, of Northampton, lost control of a sport utility vehicle towing a trailer about 5:08 p.m. while driving east in the right lane of Route 78.The car and trailer moved onto the shoulder, veered back across both lanes, then moved back onto the shoulder. The car hit an...

       19.   News Journal, The (Wilmington, DE) - August 13, 2003

     New Castle County LOOSE TRAILER CAUSES CRASH: A 24-year-old Elkton woman was in stable condition at Christiana Hospital on Tuesday after a runaway utility trailer slammed into her car on the Christina Parkway Bridge in Newark. Police spokesman Capt. William Nefosky said the crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. and blocked traffic for about two hours. Jenny Boyer was driving on the bridge just east of Elkton Road when the truck ahead of her lost the utility trailer it was pulling. The trailer...

       20.    Pasadena Star-News (CA) - June 8, 2003

Car, boat on trailer damaged by fire   
     Monrovia -- A car and a boat caught fire Sunday morning on Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia and were destroyed by flames, said an official with the Monrovia Fire Department. The incident took place at 10 a.m. north of Live Oak Avenue, said Monrovia fire Capt. Fernando Rodriguez.A 56-year-old Baldwin Park man was towing a 20-foot boat with his 1988 Buick when the trailer carrying the boat broke loose from the car, Rodriguez said. The trailer's safety chain caused sparks as it dragged...

       21.   Olympian, The (WA) - August 20, 2003

Deadly day for drivers in Thurston County   
     2 crashes kill 3 people - ages 44, 25 and 9 One son injured, one son dies with dad on I-5 north BY CHRISTIAN HILL AND SCOTT GUTIERREZ THE OLYMPIAN A father and one of his young sons died Tuesday in a chain-reaction collision on Interstate 5 that began when a wheel popped loose from a trailer, the State Patrol reported.Another child in the collision was pulled from the burning wreckage by a good Samaritan, the State Patrol reported.Four others were injured in the...

       22.   Hawk Eye, The (Burlington, IA) - May 23, 2003

Collision closes intersection Traffic on U.S. 61 north of Burlington was backed up for nearly two hours Thursday afternoon as police investigated an accident that sent three people to the hospital.The accident occurred at 1:50 p.m. where Plank Road meets the highway.Des Moines County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Miller said a Ford F-150 truck pulling an empty four-wheel, flatbed trailer was southbound on U.S. 61 crossing the Flint Creek bridge just south of the Plank Road...

       23.   Hawk Eye, The (Burlington, IA) - May 25, 2003

Sheriff's office: Accident details remain sketchy   
     The conditions of three people injured in an accident on U.S. 61 north of Burlington Thursday were unknown Friday.The accident occurred at 1:50 p.m. where Plank Road meets the highway.Police said William Lipper, 66, 16592 Iowa City Road, was traveling north on U.S. 61 Thursday afternoon when an empty, four-wheel, flatbed trailer came loose from a truck driven south on U.S. 61 by David Klaus, 63, 14284 Iowa City Road. Lipper's truck then struck the loose trailer and....

       24.   Columbia Daily Tribune (MO) - April 21, 2003

St. Louis man killed in log-spill accident   
     BENTON (AP) - A St. Louis man was killed Saturday afternoon in an accident that began when several logs came loose from a trailer on Interstate 55 in Southeast Missouri, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. Daniel Ryan Jr., 18, was killed after his sport-utility vehicle swerved to avoid the logs on the roadway and overturned into the median, ejecting him from the vehicle, the patrol said. Ryan was then run over by another vehicle, which sideswiped a fourth vehicle trying to avoid him, the...

       25.   Lima News, The (OH) April 12, 2003

  Section: B Page: B1
Topics: Index Terms: Local News interstate 75 accidents
Author: jef Article Text:
5 hurt in three I-75 accidents Friday
LIMA -- None of the five people injured in Friday morning accidents on
Interstate 75 had life-threatening injuries, police said.
Within about 30 minutes Friday morning, I-75 experienced a trio of accidents
in the southbound lanes. The accidents involved seven vehicles, the Lima Post
of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
The first crash occurred about 7:25 a.m., just north of state Route 81, when a
20-foot trailer came loose from the 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck that was
pulling it, a report from the Lima post said.
The truck, driven by John Davis, 63, of Maplewood, was northbound on I-75 when
the trailer came loose and crossed the median. The trailer hit a 2002 Ford
Escape driven by Anne Downey, 29, of Bluffton. Downey was injured and taken to
Lima Memorial Hospital where she was listed in fair condition Friday

       26.     Miami News-Record (OK) - April 8, 2003

Unsecured load causes bulldozer to tip over   
     A dump truck driver has been cited for failure to secure his load in the wake of an accident that closed the Miami truck route Monday morning for about 90 minutes. Gary Lee Gideon, 55, of Miami, was issued the citation Monday when a bulldozer he was hauling apparently shifted on a trailer he was pulling behind a dumptruck, flipping both the bulldozer and the 24-foot-long trailer on their sides.The Miami News-Record incorrectly reported Monday that the accident occurred when the...

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Articles Of Interest and Supporting Information

       1.  Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) - April 13, 2003

     When a new boat is purchased there's a strong temptation to screw a hitch ball on the bumper of the tow vehicle, hook up the trailer, and take off for the lake.But Ginger and Bill Richie, owners of Lexington Hitch and Trailer Inc., never recommend towing on a bumper because it can damage the tow vehicle and pose a safety risk to other motorists."Even though the trailer might be light, it can eventually bend the bumper down," said Ginger Richie....

       2.   San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - March 22, 2003

It takes time to sort out the short out   
     QUESTION: The wires going to the electrical hookup on my tow vehicle fell on the exhaust pipe and melted, causing everything to short out. I have replaced the electric brake actuator and plugs for the vehicle and travel trailer, but can't get any of the running lights to work.The left brake light illumines from the wrong side of the bulb and all the lights blink when the right signal is switched on. Nothing happens when I try the left signal, but when I put on the brakes...



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