Accidents In Louisiana
Note:  I have researched and have found over 2.000 accidents involving Utility Trailers as reported by newspapers In this state.  I will feature 50 as finances allow to purchase the articles.





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Two Recorded Deaths From Same University From The Same Type Of Accident

       1.  The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)

August 27, 1996  Edition: The Advocate
Section: city des

LSU professor killed, son hurt in I-12 crash
Author: WILLIAM PACK

A runaway, open-body utility trailer careened across the Interstate 12 median into oncoming traffic, killing a noted LSU English professor and injuring her son Monday, authorities said.

Josephine Roberts won the LSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Award in 1989 and has held the distinguished William A. Read Professorship in English since 1991.

She was pronounced dead at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center at 12:10 p.m., or about 90 minutes after the accident in the eastbound lanes of I-12, said City Police Cpl. Don Kelly.

John Gaines, 14, remained in Our Lady of the Lake's pediatric intensive care unit Monday night.

A hospital supervisor said he was in stable condition.

Roberts' husband, James F. Gaines, a professor of foreign language at Southeastern Louisiana University, said the two were heading home Monday when the accident occurred between Drusilla and Essen.

Kelly said an empty trailer towed by Verna Breeland in a pickup broke loose, crossed the grassy median and slammed almost head-on into the eastbound 1988 Toyota Camry driven by Roberts, 47.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Mounce said rescue workers needed special equipment to free Roberts from the vehicle.

He said her son was out before rescuers started.

Breeland, 35, 17417 Ashton Ave., Greenwell Springs, was not involved in the accident, Kelly said.

He said no tickets were issued Monday.

Sgt. Kerry Clarke said police were examining equipment on the trailer to determine why it broke free.

Roberts, who lived at 464 Wilton in Baton Rouge, used her maiden named professionally, her husband said.

LSU English department Chairman J. Gerald Kennedy said Roberts, who had been with the university since 1975, was recognized for Renaissance scholarship and had done studies on both Shakespeare and Sir Philip Sydney.

"But she was best known, and internationally known, for her work on women writers in the Renaissance, especially Lady Mary Wroth," said Kennedy.

"She was also a superb teacher and an exemplary, gracious colleague whose loss to this department and to the university is devastating."

Roberts was a magna cum laude graduate of the College of William and Mary in 1970 who received her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

She received the South-Central Modern Language Association and Newberry Library Fellowship in 1988, the same year she won the American Philosophical Society Fellowship.

The accident closed an eastbound lane of the interstate for several hours Monday morning until the police completed their investigation.


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The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - December 30, 1989

Rhodes' parents, brother file suit for death damages   
     The parents and brother of the LSU Mike the Tiger mascot who was killed when his car collided with a trailer last July sued two country clubs and their insurers Thursday, claiming employees of the clubs are legally responsible for the accident.The lawsuit was filed against Fairwood Country Club and Baton Rouge Country Club and seeks damages for the death of Jonathan Brent Rhodes, who died on July 27 when the roof of his car was ripped away by a trailer that detatched from a pickup truck on...


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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - October 23, 2004

Woman injured in accident on La. 21,  Police say she swerved to avoid a loose trailer   
     A Bogalusa woman, apparently trying to avoid a trailer that had broken loose from a truck, was seriously injured Friday when her car plowed into a ditch north of Covington.Becky Walley, 36, was trapped in the car and had to be extricated by emergency medical technicians with Fire District 12. She was taken from the scene by an Acadian Ambulance helicopter, transferred to an ambulance in Covington and taken to Charity Hospital in New Orleans.State Police said the accident occurred...



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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - November 30, 1995

LOOSE TRAILER INJURES DRIVER   
     A Birmingham, Ala., woman was seriously injured in Slidell Wednesday when a trailer came loose from a pickup and hit her car, police said.Norma Dunkelberg, 69, suffered broken legs and a possible broken arm, said Lt. Butch Jacobs, public information officer.The driver of the pickup, Adam Ryals, 25, 1512 Live Oak Drive, Slidell, was booked with driving under suspension, Jacobs said.Dunkelberg was driving east on U.S. 190 West near Cherry Street about 4:10 p.m. As Ryals approached,...


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The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - April 27, 1995

Fatal crash blamed on loose trailes   
     ARCHIE - A Jonesville woman was killed Tuesday when her car struck a pickup truck head-on as she was trying to avoid hitting a utility trailer that had broken loose from a another truck, state police said.Elsie P. Parker, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:30 a.m. wreck, which happened on La. 28, about 12 miles west of the LaSalle Parish community of Archie.Troopers said Foster D. Barron, 72, of Pineville was pulling a utility trailer with his pickup truck when the trailer...
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The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - August 2, 1990

Truck loses trailer; traffic clogged   
     Traffic was snarled for hours on the Interstate 10 Mississippi River Bridge Wednesday afternoon when a trailer carrying iron pipe came loose from a truck, police said.There were no injuries, police said.An eastbound pickup truck was pulling a trailer loaded with two-inch pipe at about 4:20 p.m., when the trailer came loose, city police Officer Jeff Wesley said. Officers at the scene estimated the pipes to be 20 feet long."The trailer crashed into the center retaining...


         7. 
Bastrop Daily Enterprise (LA) - May 31, 2005

Trailer causes weekend fatality   
     Morehouse Parish registered one fatality over the Memorial Day weekend when a Monroe man was killed after the vehicle he was driving was struck by a trailer which had come loose from a vehicle heading in the opposite direction. According to Louisiana State Police, around 8 a.m. Saturday, a 1998 Dodge Ram pick-up truck driven by Joshua Pruett, 29, of Sulphur, was traveling south when a trailer attached to his truck came loose from the truck and traveled into the northbound lane. It the...


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The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - January 6, 2004

Police and Fire Briefs   
     Truck trailer slips loose, kills woman A woman died Monday in a traffic accident on Plank Road after a heavy flatbed trailer broke off from the truck pulling it, crossed the center line and collided with her vehicle head-on, a Baton Rouge police news release says. Paula Jordan, 43, 5998 Cyrus St., was southbound in the 6500 block of Plank Road at noon when the northbound truck lost its trailer. The driver of the truck, Joel Waguespack, 54, 12166 Oak Line Acres, St....



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The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - November 10, 1994

Mangham man killed in collision   
     MANGHAM - Michael A. Graham, 41, of Mangham was killed Tuesday when an empty cotton trailer broke loose from the truck that was pulling it and collided with his pickup truck in rural Franklin Parish, state police said.The trailer was being pulled by Landel McKeithen, 46, of Mangham, and apparently came unhooked from McKeithen's eastbound truck, crossed the center line on La. 132 east of Mangham and struck Graham's pickup.Graham was killed instantly. McKeithen...



         10. 
Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - November 8, 2005

Boat trailer breaks free; collision kills woman,  Coupler slams into pickup truck heading south on U.S. 11 bridge   
A Marrero woman was critically injured in a freak crash involving a runaway boat trailer Sunday night on the U.S. 11 bridge over Lake Pontchartrain, police said.Debra Schaefer, 36, a passenger in a pickup truck driven by her husband, was hit in the head by the coupler of a trailer that broke loose from an oncoming pickup, State Police said.Schaefer was taken to Slidell Memorial Hospital, where information on her condition was unavailable Monday afternoon....

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Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - April 27, 1995

DRIVER IS KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH   
     ARCHIE (AP) A Jonesville woman was killed Tuesday when her car struck a pickup truck head-on as she was trying to avoid hitting a utility trailer that had broken loose from another truck, State Police said.Elsie P. Parker, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:30 a.m. wreck Louisiana 28, about 12 miles west of the LaSalle Parish community of Archie.Troopers said Foster D. Barron, 72, of Pineville, was pulling a utility trailer with his pickup truck when the trailer broke...



         12.  The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - December 14, 1989

Spill on bridge   
     About 100 one-gallon containers of anti-freeze spilled onto Interstate 10 at the new Mississippi River bridge Wednesday night when a goose-neck trailer came loose from a truck, police said. The truck and trailer were eastbound when the trailer broke loose, struck the center wall on the bridge and flipped into the westbound lanes. The incident closed two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane from 5 to 8:45 p.m. Authorities used sand to remove the slippery liquid from the bridge. The...



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The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - May 26, 1988

1 dead, 3 hurt in accident involving boat trailer, 3 cars   
     HOUMA -- One person was killed and three others injured when a wheel broke off a boat trailer and bounded into an oncoming car which went out of control and ran head-on into another auto, city police said.The car hit by the loose wheel was headed north, and the other two vehicles were headed south when the accident happened Tuesday, said Police Capt. John Dixon.Dead is Rousay J. Guidry, 32, of Houma, driver of the southbound car. The driver of the northbound car, Clyde Wallace, 42, of...

         14.  The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - February 3, 2003

Police and fire briefs   
     Runaway trailer hits car, kills girl A 10-year-old girl was killed Sunday morning in Lafayette Parish after a utility trailer detached from a pickup and slammed into the car in which she was riding, a State Police Troop F news release said. The girl, who was not identified, was killed about 9:10 a.m. while the Plymouth Voyager she was in headed south on Mills Road, north of Scott. The trailer detached from the truck, driven by Wilbert McComb Jr., 53, of Carencro, and...



         15. 
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - December 9, 1994

Wild oats   
     A trailer carrying a container of oats was being towed eastbound on Interstate 10 near the I-10/I-12 split Thursday morning when it broke free from the truck, rolled across the median and struck a truck in the westbound lanes, police said. Douglas Ray, 43, who was driving the truck hit by the trailer, was reported in stable condition at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said. The trailer broke free from a truck driven by 42-year-old Darrell Carmouche of Morgan...



         16. 
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - December 28, 1990

Trooper shoots show horse after it breaks leg in wreck   
     MERIDIAN, Miss. -- A state trooper on Wednesday had to shoot a thoroughbred show horse on Interstate 20-59 east of Meridian after the horse broke its leg when the trailer in which it was traveling flipped.The family riding in the car pulling the trailer escaped injury, and a second horse suffered only minor injuries.Authorities at the scene said an unidentified driver suddenly slowed in front of the vehicle pulling the horse trailer and driven by Annie McCree of Jackson.When...



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