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DOT releases safety guidelines following fatal trailer accident

The Wisconsin Department of Transport today released a safety warning imploring motorists check their towing connections to avoid the possibility of injury or death.

This announcement is in response to the tragic death of a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student on April 20. The accident occurred along U.S. 41 when the student, returning to campus from a student-teaching assignment, was struck and killed by a trailer that came loose from a passing pickup truck.

The trailer-truck accident could have been avoided if the fastener had not come loose.

“For safe towing on roadways, state law requires that the ball-and-hitch coupling assembly must match exactly and fit securely,” Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Nick Scorcio said in the release.

The release also reminds motorists to make sure that there are two separate chains connecting the vehicle and the trailer, of an appropriate length.

Those in violation of the laws face fines and demerits on their driver’s license.

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