Archive for Friday, October 22, 2010

Trailer detaching from pickup truck cause of Thursday’s accident on K-10

October 22, 2010


The Douglas County Sheriff’s office said a trailer that dislodged from a pickup truck caused an accident Thursday night on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, sheriff’s spokesman, said a trailer came loose from an eastbound GMC pickup truck about 8:20 p.m. The trailer crossed the highway’s median and entered the westbound lanes.

Briana Arensberg, 22 of Lawrence, was driving westbound in a 2006 Mitsubishi. The trailer struck her vehicle, which tipped over onto its driver’s side.

Lewis said Arensberg was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with an arm injury. An LMH spokeswoman said Arensberg had been treated and released.

The pickup’s driver, Eric Dove, 46 of Linwood, was not injured. Lewis said no citations were listed on the report Friday but that the report was not yet complete.


gccs14r 7 years, 3 months ago

Obviously some kind of citation needs to be issued. Trailers don't just detach themselves and roll away. Either the trailer was improperly attached or there was an equipment failure. Lucky for the everyone involved that no one was seriously injured or killed. Imagine if the trailer had hit a motorcyclist?

ssakcaj 7 years, 3 months ago

Motorcyclists are magic. No trailer could ever hit them.

LogicMan 7 years, 3 months ago

Proper hitch (class, ball, etc.)?

Were there safety chains, and were they attached properly?

gccs14r 7 years, 3 months ago

Probably a ball through the bumper step with the chains also attached to the bumper. I can't tell you how many times I've seen rigs set up that way.

Some states require brakes on almost all trailers. KS requires them only for 3000 pounds gross and above. 2990 pounds is a lot of weight to be hurtling along with no guidance and no brakes.

duster 7 years, 3 months ago

Please go to and take note...we simply don't understand what is going to take to get action. We were published today in North Carolina... here is the letter to the editor.... I read with interest the Oct. 18 editorial, “Traffic laws can prevent tragedies,” which referenced the tragic loss of a mom, wife and teacher due to a loose utility trailer. This accident was totally preventable had we had an inspection and safety standards for trailers under 3,000 gross vehicle weight rating.

Please note the reason these trailers are not getting pulled over is because the way the law is currently written it is a secondary offense and not a primary. An offender must be committing an offense, like running a stop sign. Then the officer can provide a ticket for not having safety chains.

The clearest example I can provide of the magnitude of the infraction is the following: Would you secure your own child in a child safety seat without using the seat belt, improper level and homemade? In this example, do we allow people to make homemade child safety seats? I ask then why is the person behind you any less important than your own child?

In closing, the Dangerous Trailers Web site has been addressing the total lack of safety standards, quality and training on passenger cars that tow trailers for more than eight years. We have documentation from the highest level of our government and yet nothing on a national level has been done. We know what needs to be done and I am willing to help. We just need the support.


Glen Allen, Va.

arnien 7 years, 3 months ago

Saftey chains are seldom used properly, should be crossed under the trailer tongue, so that there is an X under the tongue. This X will suport the tongue and prevent it from gouging into the pavement and allow the tow vehicle to stop safely. While many if not most saftey chains are attached to the bumper, the length of the chain will often revent it from being attached somewhere else.

coloradoan 7 years, 3 months ago

Logic Man - exactly right, and are the chains used even designed for the purpose? Did they just grab the dog's chain/leash? The shortcuts people take are amazing. Thankfully there were no fatalities in this. And did the trailer weight exceed the hitch or bumper capacity?

David Albertson 7 years, 3 months ago

My house sits about 200 yards from where the ladies minivan came to rest. The sound of the impact was horrific. I called 911 as soon as I heard it. I thought for sure someone had died. It sounded like a head-on collision. I'm soooo glad she's OK. Kudos to the emergency crews for getting there so fast.

duster 7 years, 3 months ago

Logic Man and Coloradon you are right. Please know that NO NATIONAL standards are in place for a Safety Chain....anything goes. You can make your own homemade hitch!! and sell it.

We have people installing hitches on Smart Cars....a smart car can't tow anything!! see this...

Then you have a defective hitch on the Nissan Titan...see this

Then you have another defective hitch from Florida that killed two children....see this.,.

Then Carry On Trailers fights us because we tried to fix and help the lights don't work 50% of the time..


gccs14r 7 years, 3 months ago

Anything can be used to tow, it's just a matter of being sensible about it. You wouldn't put a horse trailer behind a Smart, but the guy you linked to is planning to tow only 200#. As long as he keeps his speed down, there shouldn't be any problem at all.

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