U-Haul Trailer Crash Causes Fatality on Interstate 70

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When one driver lost control of his vehicle because his attached U-Haul trailer began to weave on Interstate 70 in Warren County, he crossed the centerline and crashed into oncoming traffic, which resulted in the death of the victim.

On May 7, 2012 at approximately 3:30 P.M., 31-year-old Jeremy Mitchell from Parma, Ohio was heading west on Interstate 70 in Warren County while operating a 2001 Honda Accord that was pulling a U-Haul Trailer. At said time and place, Alanna Gierer from Warrenton, Missouri was heading east in a 2001 Saturn.

The crash occurred as the U-Haul Trailer started weaving, which caused Mitchell to lose control of the vehicle. Mitchell began to slide, ran off the right side of the roadway, and travelled down an embankment between the interstate and the north service road. When Mitchell crashed into a ditch, the U-Haul trailer became detached. The trailer overturned and came to rest off the north side of the north service road. Meanwhile, when Gierer entered the eastbound lane, she crashed into Mitchell in a head-on collision.

Gierer was flown from the scene of the crash by Arch Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She was pronounced dead at the hospital by Dr. Ann Peick of Mercy Hospital and the next-of-kin was notified. It has not been reported that Mitchell suffered injuries as a result of this crash.

Mitchell’s vehicle received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by May Service Towing. Gierer’s vehicle received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by May Service Towing.

This investigation was led by Sergeant G. C. Swartz and assisted by Warrenton Fire Department and Warren County Sheriff Department.


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