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Tractor-trailer hitches could be faulty, 6,000 may be in use

Woman killed in I-5 crash into loose big rig trailer

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A woman died overnight in a crash on southbound Interstate 5.

The woman and three passengers in an SUV were going southbound on I-5 just south of the Kern and Kings counties line when they crashed into a semitruck trailer that had become detached and "stabilized" in the freeway lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

The CHP said the SUV driver was driving at an "unsafe speed." The Kern County coroner's office later identified her as 49-year-old Margaret Smith, of Burlingame.

The passengers, including a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, only suffered minor injuries, according to the CHP.

Four dead, two hurt after trailer detaches on U.S. 27 in Palm Beach County

Four people are dead after a tractor trailer detached, causing a crash near South Bay

Before four people were killed and two others were injured, conditions were ripe for the tragedy that befell them Tuesday on U.S. 27 in Palm Beach County, authorities said.

It was foggy and dark when a trailer became detached and came to rest in the middle of the highway about 5:55 a.m. By the time drivers could peer through the fog to see the trailer blocking the road, it was too late to stop, and multiple crashes resulted.

The first of three vehicles, a 2008 Ford Focus, crashed when it tried to avoid the trailer about six miles south of South Bay, a city just west of Belle Glade in western Palm Beach County.

The Focus hit the trailer in its right rear corner. Then a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck hit the trailer’s left rear corner. The pickup’s driver, Douglas A. Brinker, 54, of Labelle, was not injured.

Moments later, an oncoming tractor-trailer hit the Focus, sending both into a swampy area near the side of the highway.

Carolina Ortiz, 39, who was driving the Focus, and passengers Luis Arturo Varona, 17, Alejandro Varona, 16, and Melissa Carolina Varona, 14, all of Miami, were killed. A fifth person in the car was taken to Delray Medical Center in serious condition, Wysocky said.

Emad Said Daashoush, 55, of Tampa, who was driving the oncoming tractor-trailer, was taken to Lakeside Hospital with minor injuries, Wysocky said.

The Florida Highway Patrol is working to determine how the trailer became detached.

Investigators will “be going through the truck and conducting a post inspection… to see if the truck had any issues and what the problem was,” said FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky. Charges could be filed pending an investigation.

Roberto Pelaez Rodriguez, 23, of West Palm Beach, an independent contractor for the Okeelanta Sugar Mill, had left the mill when about a mile away, his trailer detached, Wysocky said.

“I don’t know how long it took him to turn around when he realized [the trailer detached]; he did come back to the scene,” Wysocky said.

The mill is owned by Florida Crystals. Marianne Martinez, a spokeswoman with Florida Crystals, told Sun Sentinel news partner WPEC-Ch. 12 that the company couldn’t provide additional information amid the law enforcement investigation. But Martinez said, “Our thoughts are with all of those involved and their families.”

At the crash site, first responders reported finding the heavily damaged vehicles, as well as people trapped inside them, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto said. Firefighters used tools to cut the vehicles and free the occupants, he said.

The detached trailer left divots in the road, requiring asphalt to be put down before the road was reopened hours later. Meanwhile, traffic on U.S. 27 was shut down in both directions.

The northbound lanes were adjusted to serve as the northbound and southbound lanes for morning commuters while the southbound lanes remained closed. All lanes reopened at about 2:30 p.m.

Jose Reyes, 38, a truck driver from the Redland in Miami-Dade, was among those stuck in traffic on U.S. 27. Many drivers were seen standing and waiting outside their vehicles for miles.

Reyes said he didn't mind.

Reyes said he drives down the highway about four times a week but he has never seen a crash that bad. As he drove by, he saw two tractor-trailers off the road. He also saw one mangled vehicle that was missing its roof.

“I was just thinking about the deceased,” Reyes said. “It must be really hard for their families.”, 561-243-6607 or Twitter & Instagram @adamsacasa

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Man Killed in I-280 Crash Hit Loose Trailer, State Police Say

Steven Peltz, 51, of Flanders, was in a Honda behind a 2007 Western Star tractor-trailer driven by Craig Wallenstein.

By December 6, 2013 at 3:31am

A man was killed on Interstate 280 at Exit 1W on Tuesday when he hit a trailer that became loose from its tractor-trailer, state police said.

The incident occurred at about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the left lane of I-280 West at the exit for New Road in Parsippany, State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said.

Steven Peltz, 51 of Flanders, was in a Honda behind a 2007 Western Star tractor-trailer driven by Craig Wallenstein.

“When the trailer became detached from the truck, the Honda struck the trailer,” said Jones, who also confirmed that Peltz was pronounced dead at the scene and Wallenstein had no injuries.

I-280 West was shut down for about four hours for the investigation and the State Police Commercial Vehicle inspection team arrived at the scene to investigate further on how the trailer became loose, said Jones. The trailer was impounded for further inspection.

No summonses were issued as of Thursday afternoon.

Since then, a  GoFundMe project has since been set up for Peltz, the "husband and father of two, (who) tragically lost his life in an auto accident on his way home from work" and those who would like to donate to help the family can do so at this website.  

You can also mail a check made out to: Donna Peltz

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2 killed when trailer comes loose in traffic

UPDATED 1:05 PM EST Jan 24, 2014

Trailer comes loose from truck, kills 7, including children

Updated 2:39 PM ET, Thu May 30, 2013

A trailer came unhitched from a truck near Syracuse, New York, on Wednesday, and slammed into an approaching minivan, killing seven people, authorities said.

Four of the dead were children from two families, police said.

The one survivor from the van is Shawn Mead, whose children Alyssa, 7 and Tyler, 4, died in the crash. He's in a hospital, and the extent of his injuries are not yet known, police said.

Teresa Bush, 26 and her two daughters Jasmine, 5, and Alexis, 4, died in the crash, along with Lena Beckwith, 21, and Carino Vanorden, 24. It was not immediately clear how the adults may have been related.

The two people on board the truck -- Ryan Dorward, 26, and Duane Newton, 44 -- were unharmed.

Authorities do not know what caused the trailer to come loose. Storms and hail were reported in the area Wednesday evening, but Sheriff's Lt. Robert Derksen told CNN affiliate YNN Syracuse that weather was not believed to be a factor.

The station also reported that the trailer was carrying about 20 crushed cars to a dump.

The crash took place on a rural highway in the town of Truxton, said Capt. Mark Helms of the Cortland County Sheriff's Department.

Autopsies are being conducted Thursday and Friday, coroner Whitney Meeker said.

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Experts perplexed over Cortland County runaway trailer crash that killed 7

Two young women embrace after leaving a rose wreath at the site of the fatal car crash that killed seven along Route 13 in Truxton on Wednesday, May 30, 2013. Four children and three adults were killed when their minivan was hit by a trailer that became disconnected from its hitch. The trailer slammed into a minivan with eight people inside. Four children under the age of 8 and three adults in their early 20s were killed. One man survived the crash. (Associated Press/Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

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on June 02, 2013 at 8:28 AM, updated June 07, 2013 at 5:16 PM

By John O'Brien and Marnie Eisenstadt

Safety mechanisms on all tractor-trailers are supposed to prevent accidents like the one that killed seven people in Cortland County this week, according to experts.

Sheriff's investigators determined a broken locking mechanism on the tractor part of the rig caused the crash Wednesday on a bend in Route 13 in Truxton. The trailer came unhinged and veered into the opposite lane, smashing into a minivan carrying eight people.

Four of the dead were children between the ages of 4 and 7.

Tractor-trailers are required to have "fifth wheel" coupling mechanisms to ensure that the trailer is locked onto the tractor, according to Rick Gunn, a licensed tractor-trailer inspector in Virginia.

The trailer has a steel pin 3 inches thick and 6 inches long. A spring-loaded lock on the tractor, shaped like a horseshoe, locks around the pin when the driver backs the tractor under the trailer, Gunn said.

Gunn said he's occasionally seen the spring in the lock break so the mechanism can't click into place over the steel pin. But if that happens, the driver should be alerted to the problem during a safety check that's supposed to happen before every trip, Gunn said.

After hooking up the trailer, the driver is supposed to check the lock by pulling a 2-foot handle on the fifth wheel. If that handle pulls loose, the the trailer wasn't locked in place, Gunn said.

"If there's a mechanical problem, he should be able to realize it," he said. "Once he pulls that handle and it comes loose, he should say, 'I want a new truck.'"

Even if a trailer does come unhinged, they're equipped with air brakes that are supposed to automatically stop the trailer, said Bernie Elder, a former tractor-trailer inspector in Pennsylvania.

Cortland County sheriff's investigators found no skid marks on the pavement, Capt. Mark Helms said. That could indicate the trailer brakes didn't work for some reason, Elder said.

Alexis Bush & Jasmine B_2.JPGAlexis and Jasmine Bush 

"If the trailer came away from the tractor, the air brakes would come on immediately," he said.

Air hoses run from the tractor to the trailer. As soon as the hoses break, the air brakes on the trailer would deploy, Elder said. If it's a dual-axle trailer, it would have four air brakes, he said.

"It would be a phenomenal event if none of those brakes came on," Elder said.

Gunn had a possible explanation. After the trailer became unhinged, the 15- to 20-foot hoses might not have broken until after the nose of the trailer hit the pavement, which could've caused the trailer to flip and render the brakes useless, he said.

Teresa Bush & Shawn Mea_2.JPGTeresa Bush and Shawn Mead 

Sheriff's investigators are continuing to investigate and have not released details about the position of the trailer when it hit the minivan.

Elder was perplexed at how such an accident could happen.

The state Department of Transportation governs tractor-trailers so carefully that there's a very small number of mechanical failures, he said.

"You see very few failures in the millions and millions of miles on those vehicles," Elder said. "It's almost got to be some kind of mechanical failure that couldn't be foreseen."

A 2007 report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that 87 percent of all crashes involving large trucks were caused by human error. Problems with the trucks, such as maintenance issues or mechanical failures, caused about 10 percent of the crashes.

Trailers almost never come unhinged from tractors, said Kendra Hems, president of the New York Motor Truck Association.

"It's not something we hear about," she said. "I don't have any other cases to point you toward."

The seven killed

When the trailer broke free Wednesday on Route 13 in Truxton, the trailer hauling thousands of pounds of scrapped cars swung loose and slammed into the 1999 Dodge minivan driven by Carino Vanorden, 24, of Fayetteville.

carinovanorden.JPGCarino Vanorden 

Helms said Vanorden likely had no time to react to the runaway trailer. Vanorden and his fiance, Lena Beckwith, 21, of Richmond Hill Road, DeRuyter, were killed. Also killed were Teresa Bush, 26; her two daughters, Alexis Bush, 4, and Jasmine Bush, 5. Alyssa Mead, 7, and Tyler Mead, 4, were also killed. Shawn Mead, their father, survived. The Bush family and the Mead family lived on Homer Avenue in Cortland.

The truck was driven by Ryan Dorward, 26, of DeRuyter. He works for Newton Salvage Co. of Georgetown in Madison County. Duane Newton, the company's owner, was in the truck at the time. Neither returned phone calls.

Adam Weitsman owns the trailer. Weitsman, of Owego-based Ben Weitsman and Son Scrap, leases out 60 trailers, he said. The trailer in the crash was new, had a valid inspection and had never had any problems, Weitsman said. The Newtons had leased it since the beginning of May. Weitsman wasn't sure if the load of crushed cars hauled that day was headed for one of his yards.

He got a text message from Zach Newton, Duane Newton's son, shortly after the crash, letting him know that the trailer had been in an accident. At the time, Zach Newton could only get close enough to see that the trailer was still standing. It wasn't until Weitsman got up Thursday morning that he knew the trailer hit the minivan, killing seven people.

"It's a tragic horrible disaster," Weitsman said. "It's horrible every way around."

He said when he talked to Zach Newton on Thursday, the young man could barely talk because he felt so badly about what had happened.

"They're totally devastated," Weitsman said. "He's heartbroken. Heartbroken."

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A Newton Salvage Co. tractor-trailer in a photo from the Madison County business's Facebook page. It's unknown whether this was the rig that killed seven people in Truxton on Wednesday.

Mourning seven

Alyssa Mead, the 7-year-old killed in the crash, was about to finish first grade at Parker Elementary School in Cortland. Superintendent Michael Hoose said the sadness at a district awards assembly was unbearable during a moment of silence in honor of Mead and the others who died.

"People are still trying to cope with the magnitude of the loss," Hoose said. Flags at all the district schools are at half-staff. Counselors have been at the elementary school, trying to answer the questions of small children struggling to understand the death of their friend.

Alyssa Mead's little brother, Tyler, and Jasmine Bush had just registered for kindergarten May 17.

Vanorden's sister, Mookey Vanorden, mourned her big brother's loss on her Facebook page: "All of the support we've gotten since Thursday night is overwhelming and heartwarming. Thank you so much for everything that's been done. We've received food, prayers, well wishes and shoulders to cry on from family, friends, the Jewish community, the FM community and it makes a horrific time just a tiny bit easier. "

Carino Vanorden was the oldest in a multi-racial adopted family raised by Kate Vanorden. His little sister, Soukee, described their family in a letter to The Post-Standard in 2010: "We've grown up learning to keep our heads held high, to accept the challenges that come toward us and to stay focused on our goals and lifelong dreams," she wrote. "Family is the most important gift to be given, and I know you must never take it for granted."

Contact John O'Brien at 315-470-2187 or Contact Marnie Eisenstadt at 315-470-2246 or

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