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1. Flint Journal, The (MI)
July 7, 1997
Section: LOCAL NEWS
FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
ACCIDENT KILLS WOMAN, DAUGHTER
Author: Dan Shriner JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
Dateline: MT. MORRIS TWP.
A Laurelville, Ohio, woman and her 4-year-old daughter were killed and
two other children injured when a runaway dual-axle utility trailer
struck their vehicle Sunday afternoon on I-75.
Mt. Morris Township Sgt. Jim Tomalia said the woman, 32, whose identity
was not yet released, was thrown from her vehicle and died instantly. A
4-year-old girl was taken to Hurley Medical Center and died late Sunday.
The girl's 4-year-old twin sister suffered minor injuries and a 6-year-old brother is in serious condition at Hurley.
The accident tied up southbound traffic on I-75 for almost five hours,
leading to backups about 40 miles to Bay City, during one of the
busiest travel days of the year.
Tomalia said Ohio woman's Ford Explorer was just south of Carpenter
Road about 2 p.m. when her vehicle was struck by the trailer, which
came off of a northbound pickup.
A Sterling Heights man was driving the pickup.
After the trailer came loose, it crossed the median and struck the woman's vehicle, slicing it open on the driver's side.
The force of the crash sheared off both driver's-side doors on the
Explorer. Tomalia said the crash also cut the woman's seat belt and she
was thrown from the vehicle. The 4-year-old also was thrown from the
The woman's sister, who was riding in another car and witnessed the
accident, suffered minor injuries when the same trailer struck her car.
Tomalia said the accident is under investigation, but authorities are concentrating on the trailer hitch and safety chains.
"It's pretty clear the hitch and chains were not adequate," Tomalia said.
He said it would be decided later whether to pursue charges against the pickup's driver.
The freeway was shut down for about five hours and southbound traffic
was backed up nearly to Bay City. Some traffic was routed onto I-475 or
onto other roads, such as Linden Road, and up to Pierson Road, where
cars could re-enter the freeway.
The freeway was shut between Mt. Morris Road and Pierson Road while
police, which included state police accident reconstruction experts,
investigated the accident.
It was reopened about 7 p.m.
2. Huron Daily Tribune, The (Bad Axe, MI) - February 19, 2008
Hogs run loose on M-53 in Sanilac after Monday accident
MARLETTE TOWNSHIP - A 52-year-old Port Hope woman was injured
Monday afternoon when a livestock trailer hauling several hogs along
M-53 came loose and tipped onto its side in front of the Port Hope
woman's vehicle.According to Sgt. Robert Willis of the Sanilac County
Sheriff's Office, the Port Hope woman was transported from the accident
scene in Marlette Township to Marlette Hospital for treatment of minor
injuries following the accident.Willis reports.
3. Ann Arbor News (MI) - November 5, 2003
Trailer breaks loose, snarls Main St. traffic A trailer broke
loose from a utility truck on South Main Street on Tuesday at rush
hour, sending the trailer into a brick wall at Michigan Stadium and
causing a light pole to fall into a lane of traffic, Ann Arbor Police
said.No one was injured, but traffic was snarled because the northbound
lane of Main Street north of Stadium Boulevard was closed while crews
cleaned up the debris, police said. The trailer, attached to a 20-foot
4. Jackson Citizen Patriot (MI) - June 2, 2000
Animals ran loose on I-94 after trailer carrying them flipped over
Traffic on both sides of I-94 was forced into a slow canter
Thursday afternoon when two horses ran loose on the highway after
spilling from a rolled-over trailer just over the Washtenaw-Jackson
county line.The driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries in the
one-vehicle crash. The horses suffered cuts and abrasions and were
rounded up with the help of some passers-by within about 10
minutes.Traffic, however, was tied up or slowed more than an hour."...
5. Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) - July 6, 2008
Loose trailer tire causes fatal collision
KALKASKA COUNTY -- An Oak Park man was killed and four others
injured on M-72 Friday evening when a spare tire on a trailer came
loose in front of him and he swerved into the path of an oncoming car,
police said.The 24-year-old victim of the 6:40 p.m. crash was not
identified by authorities.The man's car was immediately behind the
trailer, which was being pulled by a truck, when the tire broke free
near West Bear Lake Road in Bear Lake Township about 14 miles east of...
6. Grand Rapids Press, The (MI)
May 18, 2001
Edition: All Editions
Section: City & Region
Crime; Death; Vehicle
Driver convicted in fatal crash
Author: The Grand Rapids Press
SOLON TOWNSHIP -- A Newaygo man was found guilty Thursday by a Kent
County Circuit judge of causing the deaths of two men when a trailer
broke loose from behind a dump truck.
Eugene Lord, 57, faces up to two years in prison when sentenced on July
31 by Judge Donald Johnston. Johnston found Lord guilty of two counts
of negligent homicide after a five-day non-jury trial.
Jasper "Buck" Smith, 78, of Cedar Springs, and his nephew, 42-year-old
Dennis Dean Smith died in the October 1999 crash in Solon Township.
Jasper Smith had been driving on Algoma Avenue NE just south of 22 Mile
Road in a pickup when the vehicle was struck by an 18-foot trailer
carrying a backhoe that had broken loose from behind a truck being
driven by Lord. Police said Lord didn't use safety chains.
Copyright, 2001, The Grand Rapids Press. All Rights Reserved. Used by NewsBank with Permission.
Record Number: 0358955566
7. Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) - March 11, 2010
Trailer's driver pleads no contest in fatal crash, It is unclear whether Rockford man will serve time in jail
GRAND RAPIDS -- A Rockford man has pleaded no contest to negligent
homicide, months after a trailer he was pulling came unhinged and hit
an oncoming SUV, killing a 46-year-old grandmother.Thomas Dells, a
58-year-old Rockford resident, was in Kent County Circuit Court on
Wednesday, where Judge Donald Johnston allowed Dells to plead no
contest to the charge because of potential civil action against him as
a result of the Oct. 28 crash.According to court records, Dells was
8. Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) - April 22, 2004
Teens injured when runaway trailer hits golf cart
JAMESTOWN TWP. -- Two teenage girls were hospitalized after an
accident involving a golf cart and a runaway trailer filled with wood
chips.Sarah Kamps, 14, and Sue Canfield, 13, both of Jamestown
Township, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening when they
were thrown from the cart after it was struck by the trailer, Ottawa
County sheriff's deputies said.Kamps, who was driving the golf cart,
suffered bumps and bruises, while Canfield was treated for leg and...
9. Saginaw News (MI) - February 18, 2003
Van hits runaway snowmobile trailer
A 45-year-old Otter Lake man suffered possible head injuries and
broken legs when the van he was driving crashed head-on into a runaway
snowmobile trailer Monday in Bridgeport Township.Richard W. Loga was
driving west on East Washington (M-81) near Beyer about 9:30 p.m. when
the trailer carrying three snowmobiles came loose from the hitch of a
vehicle and veered into Loga's path, said State Police Sgt. Patrick
Nael of the Bridgeport Post.After the collision, the van..
10. Grand Rapids Press, The (MI) - March 1, 2003
Metal falls off trailer, hits car driver in face, A 70-pound piece of iron bounded through her windshield.
A 23-year-old Grand Haven Township woman was seriously injured
Friday morning when a large piece of cast iron flew off a flatbed
trailer on U.S. 31, bounced off the street, went through her windshield
and hit her in the face.Stefanie Shields first was taken to Hackley
Hospital in Muskegon, then transferred to Spectrum Health Butterworth
Campus in Grand Rapids, where she was listed in serious condition
Friday with facial injuries.Her injuries were not considered
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