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    1.  Susan Philpott

Died: June 29, 2001

Location: Niceville, Fla.

Philpott, 34, was walking with her son, 3, and twin daughters, 1, when

a trailer carrying concrete blocks broke loose, plowing into her; the children were unharmed. The driver was sentenced to three years in prison for negligent manslaughter.

       2.  The Tampa Tribune October 10, 1992

Runaway trailer kills boy waiting for bus
Author: An Associated Press Report

One boy was killed and two others badly injured Friday when a trailer broke loose from a pickup truck and slammed into a group of youngsters waiting for a school bus, police said.

The trailer broke from the truck, crashed into a brick wall at Hills of Lake Mary subdivision then into a group of about 12 middle school children, witnesses said.

""I was coming down the road and I hit a bump, and the trailer started fishtailing, so I started trying to stop the truck, and I did,'' said driver James Garner.

""The trailer snapped off and just shot off like a rocket through the grass and up into the wall,'' he said. Garner said he had a safety chain on the trailer, and had never had trouble with it before.

The dead boy was identified as Jeremy Millhouse, 11. Officials said Michael Beckler, 11, and Arcadio Vergera, 12, were hospitalized in critical but stable condition at Florida Hospital in Orlando with head and leg injuries.

The children ran from the bus stop to neighbor Bill Seering's house.

""They did say that the trailer was moving fast, the truck was moving fast, and all of a sudden it just released and went up the hill and hit the boys,'' Seering said.

Neighbors said they have complained before that the bus stop should not be on a road with high-speed traffic.

""To have a bus stop here so close to a major highway is ridiculous,'' said neighbor Mike Herring.

Copyright 1992 The Tribune Co.
Record Number: 258

        3.  St. Petersburg Times - October 2, 1987

Trailer breaks loose, sends machine over rail    
     PORT RICHEY - A trailer carrying a front-end loader broke loose from a pickup truck on U.S. 19 Thursday, went skidding across three lanes and hit a guardrail, a police spokesman said.The impact of the trailer hitting the guardrail knocked the 4,000-pound front-end loader loose from the trailer, and it toppled over the Pithlachascotee bridge railing, down an embankment and through a concrete light post and was finally stopped by a wooden utility pole, Port Richey Detective William Sager...

        4.  Fort Pierce News (FL) - January 29, 1999

     FORT PIERCE - A trailer hauling two large cement mixers broke loose from the back of a moving truck last Wednesday and struck a 4-year-old girl playing in the front yard of her South 25th Street house.Brittany Leavesley was sitting on her front lawn playing with a purple toy truck about 5 p.m. when the trailer crossed at least two lanes of traffic and careened onto her play area near the driveway of her house at 2521 S. 25th St., Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Mac Mickens said....

        5.  St. Petersburg Times - September 14, 1988

Trailer breaks loose in traffic, seriously injuring Largo woman   
     LARGO - A woman was seriously injured Tuesday when the car she was driving was struck by a one-ton trailer that came loose from the back of small pickup truck on Clearwater-Largo Road.Sheila M. Saben, 25, of Largo was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Ms. Saben of 813 Fourth Ave. NW in Largo was being treated in the emergency room Tuesday night.Kenneth Jaillet of Tallahassee and Gene Wood of St. Petersburg were driving in a van on Clearwater-Largo Road...

        6.   Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville, FL) - January 18, 2007

St. Simons Island woman dies in collision on bridge Her vehicle hit a trailer that had broken loose from a pickup truck.   
     BRUNSWICK - A St. Simons Island woman died Wednesday when she was thrown from her vehicle as it overturned on the island's causeway after striking a loose trailer. The accident happened about 9 a.m. as Karen Simpson, 48, was driving her 2001 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer down the western slope of the Back River Bridge of the F.J. Torras Causeway, Glynn County police Sgt. Kevin Wilborn said.A homemade trailer broke loose from a 2001 Nissan Frontier pickup truck traveling east,...

        7.  St. Petersburg Times - May 2, 1999

Loose trailer injures construction workers   
     Two highway flagmen working at a Suncoast Parkway interchange under construction east of Spring Hill were seriously injured Saturday when they were struck by a trailer that came loose from a pickup.One of the injured men, David Alan Welsh, 40, of New Port Richey, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with severe leg injuries, said Trooper Jerry Perdue of the Florida Highway Patrol. Welsh was in stable condition Saturday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said. The second...

        8.  Pensacola News Journal (FL) - March 30, 2004

Towed trailer breaks free, dangles over I-110 barrier   
     No one was injured Monday when a towed auto trailer carrying a pickup broke loose from its hitch and careened into the concrete barrier on the elevated Interstate 110 onramp Monday.The impact sent chunks of concrete falling to the ground below and left part of the trailer perched precariously off the overpass, but there was no danger of the trailer or its load falling off the interstate, Florida Highway Patrol trooper Robert Williams said.Kenneth Tague, 35, of Bush Street in Pensacola...

        9.  Stuart News, The (FL) - January 27, 1999

     ST. LUCIE COUNTY - A truck driver whose trailer came loose Thursday, crossed two lanes of highway and struck a 4-year-old girl, neglected to hook up the safety chains that would have prevented the accident, officials said Tuesday.Robert N. Tucholski, 47, of Fort Pierce will be charged with improperly securing the trailer, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pembrook Burrows.Tucholski was towing the trailer loaded with two concrete-mixing buckets when it came loose near 2521 S. 25th St.,

       10.   St. Petersburg Times - August 12, 1998

One killed in collision as trailer unhitches   
     An unidentified man died Tuesday afternoon in a rush-hour, hit-and-run traffic accident when a heavy equipment trailer broke loose from its hitch and crossed into oncoming traffic on State Road 54, just west of U.S. 41.""The red car was traveling eastbound and that trailer was being towed by a wrecker,'' said Keith Clark, 40, a Spring Hill resident who was following the victim's car when the accident happened about 5 p.m....

       11.   Tallahassee Democrat (FL) - July 25, 2002

     Dear Traffic Doctor, I recently witnessed a terrible accident. I got there just after the collision between a woman's pickup and a utility trailer that had come loose from a panel truck. As the paramedics tried to save the woman's life, I tried to comfort the driver of the panel truck. When the paramedics told him the lady was dead, I watched him go to pieces.Later, I noticed the ball hitch was in the coupler on the trailer but WITHOUT A RETAINING NUT --- it had...

       12.  Ocala Star-Banner (FL) - January 4, 2008

Loose pigs loaded into trailer beside I-75   
     (Updated at 1:35 p.m.) OCALA - By 1:15 p.m. Friday, the pigs that had escaped from a wrecked trailer had been herded into another trailer and were on their way to the livestock auction north of Ocala. One pig - out of a total of eight - was too badly injured and had to be put down right there beside Interstate 75 just south of the State Road 200 exit. The pigs had gotten out at about 10:15 a.m., when Marvin Caswell Sr.'s small trailer came loose behind his pickup...

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

Crash cuts power, cancels classes: Trailer breaks loose from truck, slams into power pole; no one injured   
     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...

       14.  North Port Sun (FL) - February 9, 2005

Tire comes off axle, causes three-car accident   
     A trailer tire that came loose from the axle caused a three-car accident Monday morning in North Port. According to a North Port Police Department report, Javier N. Martinez, 33, of Port Charlotte, was driving a 1996 GMC pickup towing a homemade trailer used in a lawn mowing business, on westbound Price Boulevard.Johnny Dean Reigel, 41, of Arcadia, was driving a 2005 heavy truck behind Martinez. Gerald Soos, 62, of North Port, was driving a 2004 Kia on eastbound Price...

       15.  The Tampa Tribune - September 30, 1994

Accident injures man   
     LAND O' LAKES -- A Spring Hill man was seriously injured about 12:25 p.m. Thursday by a trailer that broke loose from the vehicle towing it, a Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman said.The accident happened when Elmer Biedrzycki, 55, 9717 Land O' Lakes Blvd., was driving north on U.S. Highway 41, pulling a trailer with his 1982 Chevy Suburban.Louis L. Hutter, 69, and his wife, Geraldine, 61, of 4544 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, were headed south in their 1985...

       16.  The Tampa Tribune - April 27, 1992

Trailer strikes man leaving restaurant   
     A 65-year-old man is in stable condition today after being hit in a freak accident by a runaway trailer on Saturday.The trailer had become unhooked from a pickup truck pulling it on U.S. Highway 41, officials said.Daniel E. Roberts Jr. of Lacoochee was walking out of Zip's Italian Steakhouse, about a mile north of Brooksville, when he was struck by the garden utility trailer as it careened off the road, reports said.The truck was driven by Clarence P. Ford Jr., 51, of...

       17.   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...

       18.   St. Petersburg Times - October 30, 2002

Couple injured when trailer slams car   
     When the white pickup hit the railroad tracks, its trailer and load of boards flew loose and careened toward an oncoming 1983 Oldsmobile convertible, witnesses said. Robert and Dorthy Schwefringhaus were riding east in that car Tuesday morning on State Road 52."It hit them pretty hard," said Tommy Gardner, who was following the westbound pickup.The trailer ripped off the car's canvas roof. The car burst into flames.As Gardner pulled...

       19.  Miami Herald, The (FL) - February 28, 1984

     A Delray Beach couple died in this Lee County community Sunday when a horse trailer broke loose from its towing vehicle and rammed the couple's small car, state troopers said.Thomas Marshall Green, 78, and his wife, Ruth W. Green, 79, both of 801 N. Ocean Blvd., were killed when the trailer veered across State Road 80 and smashed into their Datsun station wagon, Trooper Phil Bailie said. Terry Eugene Weeks, 26, of Fort Myers, whose 1977 Chevrolet was towing the...

       20.  The Tampa Tribune - August 12, 1998

Driver dies when trailer uncouples from wrecker and slams into car   
     LAND O' LAKES - Another driver gives chase to the wrecker that was hauling the trailer. Officers nab the hit-and-run suspect.One driver was killed Tuesday afternoon when a trailer broke loose from a wrecker and crashed into oncoming traffic.The wrecker driver fled the scene, eyewitnesses said, but was chased down by another driver, who returned to the crash scene and told Florida Highway Patrol officers where the alleged hit-and-run suspect was."We got...

       21.   St. Petersburg Times - August 4, 1987

Trailer comes unhitched   
     A trailer came unhitched from the truck pulling it and hit a utility pole on Ninth Street near 49th Avenue N on Monday afternoon. According to St. Petersburg police, Richard J. Hearn of 6710 Park Blvd.was pulling the trailer south when it came loose and hit the pole, causing about $1,000 in damage to the trailer and $300 in damage to the Florida Power pole. No charges were filed.BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO, Fred...

       22.  Miami Herald, The (FL) - August 24, 1995

     A South Dade man died in the hospital Monday, two days after his car collided with an amusement company's trailer that had slipped away from a truck.Metro-Dade police blocked access along Coral Reef Drive between Southwest 127nd and 137th avenues on Saturday afternoon, forcing drivers to other routes as far south as Eureka Drive.The accident occurred when a Dodge City Pony Rides trailer being pulled by a 1985 Dodge truck came loose.The amusement-ride trailer crossed...

       23.  The Tampa Tribune - October 9, 1994

Clearwater woman struck by trailer dies   
     MADEIRA BEACH -- A Clearwater woman who was struck by a car trailer that had broken loose from a rental truck has died.Susan S. Hilliard, 48, of 1582 Gulf Blvd. on Sand Key, was hit from behind Friday night as she was walking along Gulf Boulevard near 146th Avenue, said Pinellas sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha.The empty car trailer broke away from the rental truck minutes after its driver had unloaded a car from it in Madeira Beach, Pasha said.Hilliard was rushed...

       24.  St. Petersburg Times - October 27, 1994

Report says many things led to crash   
     An unusual chain of events contributed to a runaway car trailer killing a woman on Madeira Beach earlier this month, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office investigation.Susan Hilliard, 48, was struck from behind Oct. 7 as she walked along Gulf Boulevard to meet her husband at a restaurant. She died of massive head injuries.The trailer came loose from a Ryder rental truck driven by Terry L. McGinnis, who was moving his family from Rockford, Ill., to St....

       25.  The Tampa Tribune - April 5, 1996

Accident sets truck on fire   
     PALM RIVER -- Rob Ogilvie was waiting for the light at Pendola Point Road and 50th Street Thursday when a trailer came unhitched from a truck and plowed into his tractor-trailer.The trailer slammed into Ogilvie's fuel tank just before noon, setting about 55 gallons of diesel fuel on fire, said Capt. Rick Owens of the Hillsborough County fire department."Luckily, he wasn't carrying any dangerous cargo," Owens said.Ogilvie was hauling...

       26.  Miami Herald, The (FL) - May 14, 2008

Passenger hurt in bus-trailer accident   
     A Miami-Dade Transit bus passenger was sent to the hospital Wednesday with minor injuries after an accident involving the bus and a trailer. The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. at Northwest 20th Street and 22nd Avenue.The bus was stopped, letting off and picking up passengers, when a minivan pulling a trailer east on Northwest 20th Street made a turn. As it did so, the trailer came loose and slammed into the bus, a Miami Fire Department spokesman said.The passenger was taken..

       27.   The Tampa Tribune - February 16, 1992

2 injured when car, trailer wreck on I-75   
     Two men injured when a car towing a trailer jackknifed in the middle of Interstate 75 Friday were treated and released from Manatee Memorial Hospital.Donald Lloyd Williams, 38, of 2907 Sycamore Court in Tampa, was driving his 1986 Dodge north on Interstate 75 one mile north of State Road 70 when the towing hinge on his car gave way and the trailer broke loose, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Friday.Williams hurt his shoulder in the accident and a passenger, Brandon Rodester, 32,..

       28.  Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - May 13, 2007

     Loose trailer hits car on I-75; four injured NORTH MANATEE -- A 72-year-old Cape Coral man was critically injured Saturday when a trailer detached from a truck, crossed the grass median on Interstate 75 and struck the SUV in which he was riding.Tampa resident John R. Enos, 60, was driving south on the highway about 7:43 a.m. when the trailer he was towing separated from his pickup truck and crossed the highway near the I-275 exit, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Authorities said...

       29.   Ocala Star-Banner (FL) - January 5, 2008

Hogs escape on Interstate 75,  A rabble of oinkers snarls traffic for hours   
     OCALA - Hogs gone wild along Interstate 75 backed up traffic for hours. At about 10:15 a.m. a small trailer had come loose from a pickup hauling eight pigs from Leesburg to the market north of Ocala. One of the pigs was hurt so bad it had to be put down. The others ran away. Later they could be seen lying down, pacing and rooting in the piney woods beside the northbound lanes just south of the State Road 200 exit. At first, Marvin Caswell and David White, both of...

       30.    St. Petersburg Times - April 28, 1987

All together!   
     Clearwater firefighters use ropes to right a trailer that tipped over when it came loose from the truck that was towing it down S Fort Harrison Avenue on Monday. Police said no one was injured in the accident shortly before 4 p.m. between Belleair Road and Woodlawn Street.The truck was towing a trailer filled with grass and lawn-care equipment.Clearwater firefighters use ropes to right a trailer that tipped over when it came loose from the truck that was towing it down S Fort Harrison...


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

     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....

       32.   Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville, FL) - June 10, 2008

Cart accident questioned No ticket for deputy, but issues raised   
     WOODBINE - A Camden County sheriff's deputy was involved in a single-vehicle accident Friday when a golf cart fell from a trailer he was pulling as he tried to navigate a curve on Georgia 110 in Brantley County. Deputy Jerald Brannen was not ticketed in the accident, according to a report issued by the Georgia State Patrol, which investigated the accident.The EZ-GO golf cart that fell from the trailer is owned by Kevin Barber, another Camden County deputy, who was in the..

       33.   Pensacola News Journal (FL) - September 29, 2005

Man struck and killed after trailer breaks loose   
     Kris Thoma Medical examiners on Wednesday completed an autopsy on a Pensacola Beach man who died after an unusual traffic incident in Pensacola, but results of the examination were not made available.Robert B. McKenzie, 59, of Pensacola Beach was struck about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday by a runaway trailer carrying a Hobie Cat sailboat on Pace Boulevard just south of Government Street, Pensacola police said. He was pronounced dead at Baptist Hospital about 9:30...

       34.   St. Petersburg Times (FL) - June 5, 2007

     TAMPA A 24-year-old Riverview man was killed Sunday after losing control of a pickup truck hauling a boat and trailer, Florida Highway Patrol investigators said. Ryan F. McLaughlin, 6757 Breezy Palm Drive, was going west on State Road 400 near Orient Road at 6:30 p.m., towing a trailer and boat with a 2005 Nissan Titan when the trailer began to sway, officials said. The truck swerved and the trailer began to roll over. Both overturned, authorities said, and the boat broke loose from the...


       35.  St. Petersburg Times (FL) - June 8, 2004

     St. Petersburg firefighters work Monday to remove a damaged support beam on a porch at 1810 22nd Ave. N after the house was hit by the trailer at left. A pin holding the trailer in place broke, police said. The runaway trailer knocked out the front wall of the house after separating from a Ford pickup driven by David Felix, 40, of St. Petersburg. Felix said he and his friend Clinton Bailey, the truck's owner, were on their way home from work. The residents of the house were away and...

       36.   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...

       37.  St. Petersburg Times October 9, 1994
 Susan Hilliard, 48, was struck Friday by a car trailer that broke loose from a rental truck as she strolled along Gulf Boulevard, heading toward the restaurant. She died shortly before 11 p.m. at Bayfront Medical Center, authorities said.

 Terry L. McGinnis of Rockford, Ill., was driving the rental truck and, according to witnesses, did not realize the car trailer had broken free until pedestrians chased him down.

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

     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...

       39.   Miami Herald, The (FL) - January 11, 1992

     A 50-foot Scarab speed boat on a trailer broke loose from a tow truck Friday and skidded off the road in front of a Metro police substation at 15665 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. It missed a concrete utility pole by scarcely two feet, dug a ditch 191 feet long, damaged a sprinkler system, severed roots of four trees, tore limbs from two of them and knocked over the sign beside the police station driveway. Nobody was hurt. Preliminary damage estimates were $4,500 to county property and...

       40.  Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - February 10, 2002

Our Community   
     Fatal crash shuts down Interstate 75 Traffic on Interstate 75 was snarled for hours Saturday night after a trailer full of tar sealant broke loose from a northbound construction truck, careened into the southbound lane and struck a red Pontiac sedan near the Clark Road overpass.The driver of the car, a man, was killed; a critically injured woman, a passenger in the car, was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.The impact of the crash flipped the Pontiac..

       41.   Miami Herald, The (FL) - July 12, 1996

     A Virginia man died in an accident on U.S. 1 Wednesday night after a trailer became detached from the vehicle towing it and collided with his car.Robert Shafer, 39, of Fairfax, Va., died after the 6:51 p.m. accident on North Pine Channel Bridge on mile marker 29. He was heading south in a 1995 Honda when a trailer being towed north by Scott Welch, 36, of North Clearwater got loose, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. It rolled into the southbound lane and hit the Honda head on....

       42.  Banner, The (Bonita Springs, FL) - July 9, 1997


No one was injured in a traffic accident that took place July 1 at East Terry Street and Matheson Avenue. Assistant Fire Chief Roger Shelly said the wreck occurred when a homemade trailer being towed by a Ford truck collided with a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Elogio Mata of Bonita Springs. Reports said the trailer then came loose from the truck and a 30-gallon fuel tank fell from the trailer onto the road. The unknown driver of the Ford truck then drove away, leaving the trailer at the scene. There were no injuries

       43.  The Tampa Tribune - February 16, 1996

Kissimmee man charged in fatality   
     BARTOW -- A Kissimmee man was charged Thursday with motor vehicle homicide in a Nov. 25 crash that killed a Lake Wales man walking on the roadside, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Gregory A. Artz turned himself in at the Polk County Sheriff's Office Thursday.J.C. Collins, 75, of 137 W. Northside Drive in Lake Wales was killed about 11:55 a.m. when a utility trailer broke loose from a pickup truck on Dundee Road, east of Winter Haven, and struck him as he walked on the..

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

Man killed in I-75 crash on Saturday identified   
     By MIKE NEMETH 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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