Tractor trailer loses two wheels days after similar event kills Maine trooper

By Land Line staff | 4/16/2019

A Massachusetts trucking company was issued a summons for a motor carrier equipment violation after a set of tandem wheels came off a trailer in Conway, New Hampshire.

A 2014 Freightliner hauling 45,000 pounds of animal feed from Richford, Vt., lost a set of tandems at approximately 5:20 a.m. on Friday, April 12, at the intersection of Route 302 and Route 113, in Conway, according to a report from the Conway Daily Sun.

Police reportedly told the paper that the stud bolts holding the set of tandems became stripped, leading to the wheels flying free. The wheels were found roughly 2½ miles from where the truck stopped. No injuries or property damage were reported.

The motor carrier, Lily Transportation Corp. of Needham, Mass., was issued a summons by the New Hampshire State Police.

The Conway paper also reports a dump truck lost a set of wheels, which collided with another vehicle on April 8 in Conway.

The latest incident occurred just over a week after a Maine state trooper was killed by a loose wheel that broke free from a tractor trailer on Interstate 95 in Hampden, Maine.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, Det. Benjamin J. Campbell had pulled over to assist a motorist who spun out on the interstate, when he was struck by a wheel that broke loose from a passing tractor trailer, according to the Maine State Police. Campbell died at a local hospital.




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