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Loose trailer that crossed median, killed man on U.S. 13 was unregisteredJosephine Peterson, Delaware News Journal Published 9:07 p.m. ET Oct. 3, 2018 | Updated 7:00 a.m. ET Oct. 4, 2018
The flatbed trailer that came loose on U.S. 13 near Harrington and killed a 21-year-old on Tuesday was not properly registered, police said.
Charges have not yet been filed in the crash that killed Anthony T. Mcrae of Milford.
But police said the Harrington man driving the pickup that was pulling the trailer did not have the proper plates on the flatbed. Trailers in Delaware are required to be registered, have brake lights and at least one tail light. A safety chain is recommended, but not required. --------- What?
The 68-year-old pickup driver was hauling a lawn mower in the trailer, which detached from the pickup as it was heading north on the four-lane highway sometime just after noon, police said.
The flatbed then cut across the grassy, barrier-less median where it struck Mcrae's car, which was headed north on U.S. 13. The lawn mower flew off the trailer and landed in the shoulder.
The impact threw Mcrae's body from the car, onto an SUV, and then onto the road. Mcrae was not wearing a seat belt, police said.
He died in the right lane of U.S. 13 south.
As Delaware Route 1 crossover crash fatalities mount, DelDOT evaluates guardrails
The Delaware Department of Transportation said there are currently no plans to add guardrails to U.S. 13, and all state roadways meet federal standards. Traffic volume and median width are key factors in deciding if a highway needs a middle barrier, said CR McLeod of DelDOT.
The department plans to add guardrails to Del. 1 and sections of I-95 as early as the end of this year. Del. 1 will see high-tension cable wires strewn down the middle of the grassy median from south of Smyrna to south of the Biddle's Corner Toll Plaza, and from Odessa to Smyrna.
More highway guardrails are coming for I-95, Del. 1, state says
The new stretches of guardrail include where a work truck crossed the median, hit a car, and then killed five members of the Trinidad family in a minivan. The head-on collision put the mother and wife, Mary Rose Ballocanag, in the hospital for months.
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The U.S. 13 crash near Tower Hill Road closed both directions of the highway for nearly eight hours.
Police on Wednesday said their investigation is ongoing.
Contact Josephine Peterson at (302) 324-2856, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Twitter at @jopeterson93.
Another man...a 21 year old killed when a loose flying uncontrolled trailer came off the hitch and killed him. We ask...."Why Did The Trailer Come Off The Hitch?
Why did the trailer come off the hitch?
Single Axle Trailer?
Double Axle Trailer?
Why was it not registered?
Why did the police never enforce the law?
What size hitch?
What size ball?
Breaks on trailer?
Condition of trailer?
Who insured the trailer?
Who inspected the trailer?
Why does Delaware not have a "Safety Chain Law"?
Will the State Ever Answer Our Question?
We demand a FBI investigation
Why don't we have any pictures of the trailer?