Accidents In Georgia
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Karen Simpson

Died: Jan. 17, 2007

Location: Glynn County, Ga.

Simpson, 48, was killed when a runaway trailer struck her Chevy Blazer. The trailer came loose because its coupler was too wide to secure the hitch ball on the truck towing it. The driver was sentenced to 90 days in jail for second-degree homicide.

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       1.  The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution July 13, 2001
Edition: Home; The Atlanta Journal Constitution
Trailer-towing adventure shifts a driver's habits
Author: LINDA SHARP; For the Journal-Constitution

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.
What happened? The trailer had been parked in a gravel truck lot. There was a large bump between the gravel and the paved surface. Bob's not good at slowing down for bumps. We heard it but paid no attention. Big mistake.

We found it 78 miles later -- sitting in the parking lot behind the restaurant where we had eaten.
Apparently, the bounce to the big vehicle was strong enough that when the springs rebounded, the trailer popped loose from the ball. The safety chains were still attached to the trailer, with their connecting hooks snatched totally straight.

       2.  Waycross Journal Herald (GA) - August 26, 2008

Trailer Gets Loose; Collision Hurts Two    
     Two people were injured Monday when a hay trailer broke loose from a pickup truck and slammed head-on into a car on Jamestown Road, said the Georgia State Patrol.Amanda Elizabeth Wilson, 34, of Blackshear, and her passenger, Dennis Wilson, also of Blackshear, were taken to Satilla Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the 1:37 p.m. accident, the GSP spokesman said. Amanda Wilson, driving a 1988 Mazda, and Shawn Hollingsworth, 32, of Alma, driving a Chevrolet 2500...

       3.   Waycross Journal Herald (GA) - November 17, 2005

Crash Injures Three   
     Three people were injured Wednesday when a trailer came loose from a pickup truck and collided with an oncoming car, said Patti Strickland, communications officer for the Georgia State Patrol.Jeff Corbitt, 58, Margaret Corbitt, 57, and Dallas Music, 11, were taken by ambulance to Satilla Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the 6:12 p.m. accident, said Strickland.Strickland said John Suggs, 33, of Waycross, was northbound on U.S. 1 with a cargo trailer in...

       4.    Brunswick News, The (GA) - June 28, 2007

Wreck blamed on bad hitch   
     Jun. 28--Vehicles pulling improperly maintained or hitched trailers is enough to make Matt Doering see red.But the chief of the Glynn County Police Department has a strategy for dealing with violators -- slap them with a citation. "Last Friday, I pulled over a driver myself and wrote him a ticket because he had no rear lights at all on the trailer he was pulling, and you could tell it had been that way for a while," Doering said."He did have...

       5.   Cherokee Tribune (Canton, GA) - March 19, 2008

Motorcyclist killed after getting hit by race car on Sunday   
     A Woodstock motorcyclist was killed when a race car slid off its trailer on a Chattanooga interstate and hit him Sunday. William Ogle of Woodstock died at the hospital from injuries suffered in the crash on Interstate 24.Police said the car came loose from the trailer it was being towed on Sunday night near the I-75 exit at Browns Ferry Road in Chattanooga.The car skidded across the interstate and hit Ogle, who was driving westbound on his motorcycle.Police have said charges...

       6.  The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution - November 11, 1998

LAW AND ORDER Injuries minor in wreck of steamroller   
     The trailer hitch on a dump truck snapped on a Norcross street Tuesday afternoon, sending the steamroller it was towing into the path of an oncoming taxicab, Gwinnett police said. Dump truck driver Pancho Jones, 34, of Stone Mountain was hauling the steamroller up Live Oak Road near Jimmy Carter Boulevard at 1:36 p.m. when the hitch broke, cutting the trailer loose, said Sgt. Joy Horton. As the trailer with the steamroller started to cross the center line, Jones turned his dump truck in front...

       7.  Macon Telegraph, The (GA) - August 11, 2006

     Macon police are investigating whether a city-owned trailer that detached from a truck and killed a man Tuesday was required by law to have safety chains keeping it in place, police said.According to an accident report, the trailer that killed motorist Carlos Dorn, 36, didn't have a safety chain attaching it to the truck. Safety chains are designed to keep trailers attached to vehicles even when the hitch comes loose.Tuesday, Dorn was traveling north on Riverside...

       8.  Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA)

July 25, 2003 
Edition: Home; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia driver survives setback
Bob Aiello has been racing for 10 years, and knows the dangers inherent in the sport. But a harrowing moment came while returning from a Pennsylvania track.
After a strong 13th-place finish in the most recent ARCA race, July 12 at Lake Erie Speedway, the Covington driver had hopes of running one of this weekend's two ARCA races at Pocono Raceway.
Now, he's hoping just to make at least one more event this season.

Aiello was headed home from the North East, Pa., track with his wife Ginger, crew chief Randy Page, and crew members Lee Todd and Clay Stephens. The group took turns driving the GMC 6500 truck with the 28-foot race car trailer in tow. Driving through Chattanooga, Ginger Aiello was at the wheel when standing water on the road sent the truck out of control.
"When the truck hydroplaned, it was like everything was happening in slow motion," Ginger Aiello said. "I hit the guardrail and tried to straighten it up, but it turned the other way and went across the lanes of traffic."

The trailer broke loose from the truck, which struck a pole and flipped three times before coming to a stop on its roof.
The Aiellos and their crew were battered and bruised, but otherwise OK. Their truck, trailer and most of their pit tools were destroyed or lost.
The body of the race car, which wound up hanging outside the wreckage of the enclosed trailer, was damaged considerably, but the structural parts were not.
Aiello is unsure when he'll be able to return to the ARCA circuit (where he's 25th in points).
"We're sad because we can't race," Ginger Aiello said, "but we're happy to be alive."

Copyright 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Record Number: 35595703

       9.    Woman Killed as Trailer Releases, Pins Her Under

The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution
June 11, 1988
Edition: The Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Associated Press
DONALSONVILLE - A 72-year-old woman was killed Friday when a farm trailer came unhitched and pinned her against steel pipes.
Annie Baker of Donalsonville was killed about four miles south of town on a Seminole County road, authorities said.
Police said the accident occurred when a hitching pin on the trailer being towed by Harry McDonald of Donalsonville came loose on a curve. The trailer carried Mrs. Baker into a ditch before pinning her against some pipes behind a welding shop, they said.

      10.  Daily Tribune News, The (Carterville, GA) - December 26, 2001

Two die on I-75,  Full Text Unavailable   
     Two men died in a wreck on I-75 Wednesday afternoon after the driver of a pickup truck apparently lost control of the camper he was towing, swerved across three lanes of traffic and flipped both vehicles in the median.The wreck, which happened about 1:25 p.m., occurred within a few hundred feet of the Cartersville's Main Street exit. When the vehicle, which had been traveling south, came to rest, it was upside down in the median and facing north.The Georgia State Patrol...

      11.   Brunswick News, The (GA) - December 26, 2008

Man calls for stricter trailer laws   
     Dec. 26--Ron Melancon can't believe it. The 44-year-old Richmond, Va., crusader says the number of accidents and deaths caused by trailers that are unsafe or which are improperly secured to vehicles screams for attention, yet only one state is toughening the law to combat the problem -- his own, Virginia.Georgia is not immune, and that includes Glynn County, where a runaway trailer claimed a life almost a year ago.Just look at the nationwide figures since 2003,...

       12.  Florida Paper... But Accident in Georgia..
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,...

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