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Subject Topic: Runaway caravan crashes into trees Post Reply Post New Topic
29/3/2013 at 2:59pm
 Location: Buckinghamshire
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A runaway caravan mounted the pavement and ended up in trees when it broke from the car towing it along a main road in Telford, the Shropshire Star reports.

The caravan became detached from a Silver Mitsubishi on the junction of Holyhead Road and Beverley Road just before 3.30pm yesterday. No-one was injured when the caravan left the road and mounted the pavement in front of a bus stop at Shepherd’s junction.

The caravan came to a stop when it hit the trees on the embankment of the Mauchak restaurant car park, in front of a six-foot drop.



West Mercia Police spokesman Toby Shergold said: “It appears the tow bar came loose and the caravan, travelling at quite a slow speed, hit a tree. There was a six-foot drop on the other side so it could have been a lot worse."

"It was a non-reported road traffic incident, which means no one was injured. The caravan was to be pulled out at the owner’s own cost.”

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29/3/2013 at 3:05pm
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Oh my gosh! such a good job that no one was hurt.

Serves as a timely reminder to check and re-check everything is secure and solid before setting off.

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29/3/2013 at 3:08pm
 Location: Devon
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particularly the breakaway cable which presumably should have stopped this?


29/3/2013 at 3:18pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Moselle on 29/3/2013
particularly the breakaway cable which presumably should have stopped this?


I guess that was attached to the tow bar - which also came away!

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29/3/2013 at 3:43pm
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I presumed it meant that the caravan came loose from the towbar, you are a bit stuffed if your towbar comes off the car.


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29/3/2013 at 3:49pm
 Location: West Midlands
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May have been a "ball and pin" type towball with the breakaway cable taken round the pin, and hence ineffective if the towball jumped out of its housing?


29/3/2013 at 3:55pm
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Suprising if it was a detachable that came off, I thought they were failsafe? If it was the detachable bit that came off & assuming breakaway cable was looped around below ball it does rather prove that breakaway cable should be secured onto a separate loop as is often suggested.


29/3/2013 at 4:06pm
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I work on a farm ,do a lot of towing with big loads. check check check all the time especially if someone else have coupled up you can never be to sure.


29/3/2013 at 4:56pm
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It would be nice to know exactly what parted from where, before making assumptions. I have seen a hitch part, but only because it was not fully engaged onto the towball by the owner/driver before pulling away.

As has been said, a seperate loop for the breakaway cable is a must.



29/3/2013 at 9:43pm
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hope it didn't mark the tree ;)


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29/3/2013 at 9:44pm
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the compass didn't work too well on that one!



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