Updated: Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012, 3:38 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012, 3:37 PM EDT
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Customers were forced to scramble when a runaway trailer smashed into a Brown Street sandwich shop Tuesday afternoon.
According to police reports, the trailer came loose and crashed through the front window of the Penn Station restaurant.
Medics were called to the scene but no injuries were reported.
Police closed Brown Street north of Stewart Street while they investigated and cleared the scene.
Posted: 5:23 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2012
By Staff Report
The crash occurred around 3 p.m. at Penn Station, 1159 Brown St.
Police said a pickup truck hauling a trailer full of recyclable metals was traveling south on Brown when it tried to make a right turn on Jasper Street. The truck hit a bump and the trailer became unhitched, rolling away and crashing into the plate glass in front of the Penn Station store. A utility pole stopped the trailer from rolling all the way into the restaurant.
No one was injured, but a woman in a wheelchair near the front of the store was nearly struck by the trailer, police said.
Brown Street was shut down while the trailer was removed. Penn Station was closed Tuesday afternoon. It was unclear whether the driver would be cited. Shortly after 4 p.m., a dispatch report indicated the clean up of the glass would cause a traffic hazard until shortly after 5 p.m.
Updated: 1:03 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 | Posted: 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010
But national traffic safety advocate Ron Melancon told NEWS9 crashes involving trailers pulled by passenger vehicles happen very frequently, and often with deadly results.
"We do a great job educating (people) on how to secure your child in a child safety seat," said Melancon. "But we do a poor job on educating you on what happens when your trailer comes loose."
On Nov. 3, the pin holding securing a horse trailer to a pickup truck traveling on Route 7 popped out and the safety chains that should have stopped the trailer from breaking free failed to do so.
Battery-powered emergency brakes on the trailer did engage.
The horses in the trailer were tossed out onto the highway. One suffered scrapes, the other was impaled on a tree branch. Both were treated on the scene by a veterinarian and both recovered.
Melancon, who documents trailer-related crashes on his web site dangeroustrailers.org, saw the story on WTOV9.com and contacted our newsroom.
He's compiled stories like this for the past eight years as he has crusaded to get nationwide standards enacted for trailer safety.
So far, he's been successful at getting tougher laws passed in his home state of Virginia.
"Other states seem to have failed," said Melancon. "Or they're just not aware of the dangers these trailers pose."
Federal statistics show on average one person dies every day when improperly secured trailers break loose.
Melancon said a major safety concern arises when do-it-yourselfers attempt to install their own safety chains and buy chains not rated to support the weight of a heavy trailer.
"You could unknowingly walk out (of a store) with a chain that looks good, but deep down is not going to hold," said Melancon.
While police investigating the Jefferson County crash could not determine what caused the trailer's hitch pin to come loose or why the safety chains did not stop the trailer from flipping, Melancon believes uniform safety standards could help prevent almost any accident.
You can visit Ron Melancon's web site here.