Tire problem on towed vehicle causes car, SUV to overturn

July 20, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

Two vehicles were left overturned along the side of the road following an equipment problem on a 1979 Oldsmobile that was being towed by an SUV along State Road 65, a mile and a half north of the Lowery Chip Mill Road in Liberty County Friday afternoon, according to a report by FHP Trooper Jason King.

Robert Wilford, 39, of Quincy, was behind the wheel of a car that was being pulled by a chain attached to a 1996 Ford Explorer, driven by Dexter Bernard Williford, 47, also of Quincy around 3:10 p.m.

The vehicles were southbound when the car experienced a problem with its left front tire, which then may have caused the brakes to lock, according to the accident report. The chain between the two vehicles tightened, causing the SUV’s rear tires to loose traction and rotate toward the west shoulder of the road.

As they began going off the road, both drivers attempted to steer left but overcorrected, causing both vehicles to overturn.

The SUV came to rest on the driver’s side, facing southeast against the left front of the car, which also landed on its roof.

Both drivers escaped injury and were up walking at the scene when emergency vehicles arrived.

Damages to the SUV were set at $12,000, with the car’s damages set at $5,000. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Kyle’s Recycling.

Each driver was cited for operating a motor vehicle in a careless or negligent manner.

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