Cantonment Man’s Pickup, Camper Overturn On I-10

February 9, 2019

A Cantonment man suffered minor injures in a crash on I-10 in Santa Rosa County Friday night.

Thomas Crooke, 32, was towing a camper trailer with his Chevrolet pickup when one trailer tire began to come part, causing the trailer to sway. Crooke was unable to maintain control of the vehicle and veered off the roadway onto the shoulder, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The pickup and camper trailer overturned into a ditch on the north side of the interstate near mile marker 24 just before 7:15 p.m.

Crooke was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital with minor injuries. He was wearing his seat belt, according to FHP.


3 Responses to “Cantonment Man’s Pickup, Camper Overturn On I-10”

  1. William in Bagdad on February 11th, 2019 7:57 am

    Some additional risks in trailer tires:

    Broken internal belts/chords caused by Impacts to curbs and pot holes at the edge of the roadway.

    Broken internal belts/chords due to excessively tight turns on loaded trailers with tandem axles where one or both tires are dragged across the ground.

    The NUMBER ONE RISK IS SPEED! Keep in mind that small utility trailer can cause even a large vehicle to loose control under the right circumstances. Most campers, car haulers and equipment trailers weigh as much or more than the tow vehicle. Lowering your speed even a few miles per hour greatly increases the chances that you will be able to recover control in the event of an upset such as a tire failure, wind driven sway or evasive maneuvers.

  2. John on February 11th, 2019 7:34 am

    Many trailer service tires come from China and nicknamed (China Bombs) for good reason.

  3. Duns Megus on February 10th, 2019 6:08 am

    Beware not only tread depth, but air pressure and dry rot (detectable by hairline cracks in sidewalls). Dry rot is a significant risk in tires of trailers and other vehicles that see little use and become several years old before tread wears down. Mr. Crooke’s unfortunate experience of a tire coming apart could easily have been caused by dry rot.

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