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Died: Jan. 17, 2007
Location: Glynn County, Ga.
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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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
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.
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
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
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...
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...
Macon Telegraph, The (GA) - August 11, 2006
POLICE: TRAILER IN FATAL ACCIDENT HAD NO SAFETY CHAINS
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
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
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
Section: STATE NEWS
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...
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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