Life on the open road is, in the vast majority of cases, a pleasant, liberating experience. But as is the case with anything else in life, accidents happen. And sometimes those accidents carry with them terrible consequences.
This was the case on Memorial Day when an RV’er was suddenly thrust into the center of a nightmare scenario while traveling on U.S. 150 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. The driver was pulling a travel trailer and the trailer disconnected during transit.
Sadly, the trailer then crossed into oncoming traffic, slamming head-on into an SUV in the opposite lane. The collision killed 29-year-old Scotty Ray Young, the driver of the SUV.
Scotty Ray Young was traveling with his wife and their two grandchildren. An infant was taken to the hospital by helicopter. The wife and other child are being treated for injuries.
We’re not sure of details of how the trailer disconnected. There is no information on whether it was a situation of malfunction of human error. In any event, this is yet another cautionary tale of why it’s absolutely critical to keep all vehicles up to par on safety checks/maintenance and triple check that all connections are sound before moving.
Our prayers go out to the family.