Thursday, December 1, 2011

MODULAR HOME HITS THE ROAD

A Wayne, ME man was injured and a modular home hauler faces a traffic charge after half of a new modular home slid off a flatbed trailer and struck a pickup truck Tuesday morning on Route 2.


Scott Tripp, 51, of Windham, ME was traveling east on Route 2 with half the modular home on a flatbed trailer at about 9:30 a.m. when he went around the sharp curve in the area of Gage Corner, Deputy Christopher Chase from the Franklin County, MAINE Sheriff's Department said.


The weight shifted and the home slid off the trailer, striking a 2008 Toyota Tundra driven by William Goodwin, 62, of Wayne who was traveling west toward Farmington.

It appears to be very little damage.  Modulars are TOUGH!

Goodwin received facial cuts and lost teeth, Chase said. He was transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital by NorthStar Ambulance.

Tripp was driving for Maine Modular Haulers from South Paris. The company faces a traffic charge of unsecured load, Chase said. State Police Trooper Mark Lopez, who works with the commercial vehicle division, helped with the investigation.

2 comments:

Builder Bob said...

I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. Have you ever seen the size of the bolts that hold these huge boxes to the frames?

William said...

As I look at the photos I do not see floor joists, etc. strewn on the road. This causes me to believe that the plant employees responsible for putting the mod on the transporter and lag bolting it to the transporter forgot to do the bolting. If lag bolts are installed per instructions it is very unlikely a unit will come off the transporter. In such instances the cause is the driver going to fast for conditions, ie: going around curves.