Accidents In Michigan
Note:  I have researched and have found over 3,500 accidents involving Utility Trailers as reported by newspapers In this state.  I will feature 100 as finances allow to purchase the articles.

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            1.  Flint Journal, The (MI)

    July 7, 1997
    Edition: FIRST
    Section: LOCAL NEWS
    Page: C1

    Index Terms:

    Author: Dan Shriner JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    Dateline: MT. MORRIS TWP.

    Article Text:

    A Laurelville, Ohio, woman and her 4-year-old daughter were killed and two other children injured when a runaway dual-axle utility trailer struck their vehicle Sunday afternoon on I-75.

    Mt. Morris Township Sgt. Jim Tomalia said the woman, 32, whose identity was not yet released, was thrown from her vehicle and died instantly. A 4-year-old girl was taken to Hurley Medical Center and died late Sunday.

    The girl's 4-year-old twin sister suffered minor injuries and a 6-year-old brother is in serious condition at Hurley.

    The accident tied up southbound traffic on I-75 for almost five hours, leading to backups about 40 miles to Bay City, during one of the busiest travel days of the year.

    Tomalia said Ohio woman's Ford Explorer was just south of Carpenter Road about 2 p.m. when her vehicle was struck by the trailer, which came off of a northbound pickup.

    A Sterling Heights man was driving the pickup.

    After the trailer came loose, it crossed the median and struck the woman's vehicle, slicing it open on the driver's side.

    The force of the crash sheared off both driver's-side doors on the Explorer. Tomalia said the crash also cut the woman's seat belt and she was thrown from the vehicle. The 4-year-old also was thrown from the vehicle.

    The woman's sister, who was riding in another car and witnessed the accident, suffered minor injuries when the same trailer struck her car.

    Tomalia said the accident is under investigation, but authorities are concentrating on the trailer hitch and safety chains.

    "It's pretty clear the hitch and chains were not adequate," Tomalia said.

    He said it would be decided later whether to pursue charges against the pickup's driver.

    The freeway was shut down for about five hours and southbound traffic was backed up nearly to Bay City. Some traffic was routed onto I-475 or onto other roads, such as Linden Road, and up to Pierson Road, where cars could re-enter the freeway.

    The freeway was shut between Mt. Morris Road and Pierson Road while police, which included state police accident reconstruction experts, investigated the accident.

    It was reopened about 7 p.m.

            2.  Huron Daily Tribune, The (Bad Axe, MI) - February 19, 2008

    Hogs run loose on M-53 in Sanilac after Monday accident   
         MARLETTE TOWNSHIP - A 52-year-old Port Hope woman was injured Monday afternoon when a livestock trailer hauling several hogs along M-53 came loose and tipped onto its side in front of the Port Hope woman's vehicle.According to Sgt. Robert Willis of the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office, the Port Hope woman was transported from the accident scene in Marlette Township to Marlette Hospital for treatment of minor injuries following the accident.Willis reports.

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

    POLICE bEAT   
         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.  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.  Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) - July 6, 2008

    Loose trailer tire causes fatal collision   
         KALKASKA COUNTY -- An Oak Park man was killed and four others injured on M-72 Friday evening when a spare tire on a trailer came loose in front of him and he swerved into the path of an oncoming car, police said.The 24-year-old victim of the 6:40 p.m. crash was not identified by authorities.The man's car was immediately behind the trailer, which was being pulled by a truck, when the tire broke free near West Bear Lake Road in Bear Lake Township about 14 miles east of...

            6.  Grand Rapids Press, The (MI)

    May 18, 2001
    Edition: All Editions
    Section: City & Region
    Page: C2

    Index Terms:
    Crime; Death; Vehicle

    Driver convicted in fatal crash
    Author: The Grand Rapids Press

    Article Text:

    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 in the October 1999 crash in Solon Township.

    Jasper Smith had been driving on Algoma Avenue NE just south of 22 Mile Road in a pickup when the vehicle was struck by an 18-foot trailer carrying a backhoe that had broken loose from behind a truck being driven by Lord. Police said Lord didn't use safety chains.

    Copyright, 2001, The Grand Rapids Press. All Rights Reserved. Used by NewsBank with Permission.
    Record Number: 0358955566

            7.  Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) - March 11, 2010

    Trailer's driver pleads no contest in fatal crash,  It is unclear whether Rockford man will serve time in jail   
         GRAND RAPIDS -- A Rockford man has pleaded no contest to negligent homicide, months after a trailer he was pulling came unhinged and hit an oncoming SUV, killing a 46-year-old grandmother.Thomas Dells, a 58-year-old Rockford resident, was in Kent County Circuit Court on Wednesday, where Judge Donald Johnston allowed Dells to plead no contest to the charge because of potential civil action against him as a result of the Oct. 28 crash.According to court records, Dells was driving on...

            8.  Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) - April 22, 2004

    Teens injured when runaway trailer hits golf cart   
         JAMESTOWN TWP. -- Two teenage girls were hospitalized after an accident involving a golf cart and a runaway trailer filled with wood chips.Sarah Kamps, 14, and Sue Canfield, 13, both of Jamestown Township, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening when they were thrown from the cart after it was struck by the trailer, Ottawa County sheriff's deputies said.Kamps, who was driving the golf cart, suffered bumps and bruises, while Canfield was treated for leg and...

            9.  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..

          10.  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,...

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