Monday, February 02, 2015

Are You Crash-Ready? - Full Article

By Diane E. Rice
Jan 19, 2015

What to do if you have a hauling accident and steps you can take today to avoid a wreck in the first place

Cathy Gray and her daughter, Adrienne Higbee, never suspected impending tragedy when they headed home to Albuquerque, New Mexico, from the National Barrel Horse Association Super Show in Las Vegas on June 2, 2014.

Hauling two horses in a three-horse slant-load gooseneck behind their truck, they stopped suddenly, just east of Gallup, New Mexico, to wait in a long line of traffic for an accident half a mile up the road.

“I was watching in my rearview mirror and saw a car stopped behind me, (and was) praying that everyone behind them stopped as well,” Cathy recalls. “In an instant that car was spun into the median, and we were hit by an incredible force from behind.”

Cathy and Adrienne’s truck and trailer skidded into the ditch with Cathy steering in the direction of the skid, trying to keep the rig from rolling over. When the vehicle stopped, Cathy and Adrienne, seeing that neither was seriously hurt, got out of their truck to assess the damage...

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