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
"But she was best known, and internationally known, for her work on
women writers in the Renaissance, especially Lady Mary Wroth," said
"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.
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...
3. Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - October 23, 2004
Woman injured in accident on La. 21, Police say she swerved to avoid a
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
4. 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
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 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...
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.
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....
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....
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
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
13. 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,
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
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...
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
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