In 1971 J. Standard Baker Quoted " Drivers Towing Trailers  Are Four (4) Times As Unsafe As Those In Cars Alone! 

Details given on fatal N.C. 16 wreck

Jul 14, 2018 Updated 16 hrs ago

An 87-year-old man lost his life when the pickup he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on N.C. 16 North in Millers Creek about 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Worth Theodore Smithey of Countryside Drive, Wilkesboro, died at the scene, said Trooper Chris Anderson of the N.C. Highway Patrol. Smithey was driving a 1988 Ford Ranger pickup southbound on N.C. 16 when he turned left into the center turn lane in front of Millers Creek Elementary School, said Anderson. His pickup was pulling a small utility trailer loaded with a riding mower and a push mower. When Smithey then made a right turn across the southbound lane of two-lane N.C. 16, a southbound 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer hit the passenger side of his pickup. Smithey was trying to turn onto Kilby Street, where he planned to mow, and apparently believed he needed to use the center lane to make the turn with the trailer he was pulling, said Anderson, who spoke to a person at the nearby Igloo restaurant who witnessed the wreck. The collision ended with the pickup flipped over on its top in grass beside the southbound lane, with the tractor-trailer cab on top of the pickup cab. Anderson said Smithey was entrapped in the wreckage. Barry Lewis Hines, 47, of Pfafftown was driving the Carolina Automotion LLC tractor-trailer. Anderson reported that Hines said he was behind the Ford pickup and trailer all the way from Ashe County. Hines had delivered vehicles to a location in Ashe and was on his way to Colfax, where Carolina Automotion is based. Hines wasn’t injured and wasn’t charged.

The driver of a Ford Ranger pickup died when the pickup and a tractor-trailer truck collided on N.C. 16 North in Millers Creek late Saturday morning.

The wreck occurred at the intersection of Kilby Street and N.C. 16 North near Millers Creek Elementary School and the Igloo restaurant. Emergency personnel were dispatched at 11:49 a.m.

The wreck ended with the cab of the tractor-trailer on top of the cab of the overturned pickup in grass beside the southbound lane of the highway.


No National Training....Nothing...at all on anything people towing.


Anybody with a pulse....at any age...can drive a trailer or even a RV.....towing a trailer and nothing....nada....nothing....or testing to ensure that they can actually drive one.....is mandated.

"Driving any vehicle is not a right....it's a privilege ....that needs to be tested to ensure that the drivers actions does not endanger others"