2019 Mack, 2015 Hyundai Trailer

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Guy B.'s Comment
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Some speculating this may have been truck stop sabotage.

https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/update-mother-son-killed-when-trailer-separates-from-truck-on-u-s-30-region-police/article_6c9e504f-ddf1-5af1-952a-39120d3431ba.html

PackRat's Comment
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Always check the truck to trailer connection before moving the vehicle. Every single time.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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Always check the truck to trailer connection before moving the vehicle. Every single time.

You older drivers talk about this all the time. We have two lives taken to provide direct evidence as to why it's so important.

It gets a laugh to see a photo of a trailer coming unhooked from a truck as the vehicle pulls out of a parking lot, but this story serves to show that it really is a serious thing. Damaging equipment is never good, but that can be replaced. Lives lost are lost forever. Nothing can replace this mother and her son.

BK's Comment
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Always check the truck to trailer connection before moving the vehicle. Every single time.

Save a life, save your job. We all get into certain automatic habits, like fastening the seatbelt. It becomes a muscle memory action. Checking the connection of the trailer has to become one of these automatic habits. I am so paranoid about this that I do a visual check and a tug test every time. Whenever I hear a horror story like this, it reinforces the absolute necessity of checking the truck/trailer connection.

Bill M.'s Comment
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INDEED!

Always check the truck to trailer connection before moving the vehicle. Every single time.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Always check the truck to trailer connection before moving the vehicle. Every single time.

Indeed; sabotage or not, it's the driver's 'fail' for not checking. embarrassed.gif

He may have bobbed home and got in a hurry to pick up the trailer, also. Neither are an excuse.

R.I.P., mom & teen son. Wonder if the boy that survived was another son, or her son's BFF ?!?

Such a sad, sad tragedy/travesty, either way. That driver isn't going to be driving for awhile; mentally AND legally, I'd bet.

More / different details, here: Mother & Son Die in LaPorte County Crash; Reporter shares updates.

As shared on CDLlife: Mother and Son Killed by T/T; With the Facebook Post from the P.D..

Prayers and condolences to those involved; preventable tragedy.

~ Anne ~

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