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Detached horse trailer causes fatal accident on Montana highway

Towing a trailer of any kind takes care and heightened awareness when traveling on a Montana highway. A large and heavy trailer can become disconnected due to negligence on part of the person making the hitch connection, a faulty mechanism or just a random accident. When a trailer does disconnect from its tow while in motion, there is great risk that it could be involved in a serious or fatal accident with another vehicle. Recently, a late-morning trailer problem on a local Montana highway resulted in a fatal accident.

Authorities believe that the fatal accident occurred when a hitched horse trailer became disconnected from the vehicle towing it and continued across the center lane of traffic. As the trailer made its way across the road, it traveled into oncoming traffic and collided with a vehicle. The destructive contact between the moving car and the horse trailer caused severe and immediate damage to the occupants of the vehicle and the horses.

First response workers arrived on the scene and found that one passenger had lost his life upon impact, and another was seriously injured from the vehicle involved. The two horses inside of the trailer were seriously hurt as well, and one eventually was put down. Reports did not detail if any other people were hurt and did not disclose the actions of the driver responsible for the unhitched trailer.

Authorities reported that they believe the death of the victim in the vehicle hit by the trailer was an accident. However, the Montana Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the fatal accident and the events that may have contributed to the cause of it. The family of the victim who lost his life in the fatal accident may choose to pursue action against the party responsible for the trailer to help cover property damage, medical and funeral expenses.

Source: kpax.com, Man killed in weekend Glacier County crash ID'd, No author, Jan. 28, 2014

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