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cartoon motorhome graphicAs Pat Biggs and Loren McDougall began their RV trip from International Falls to Oregon in their motorhome on Wednesday, the two-door Pontiac hitched behind suddenly broke free and careened off the highway and down a 50-foot ditch, reports the Bemidji Pioneer.

According to Jeff Lofgren of Southside Towing, the hitch, connecting the Pontiac’s rear end to the back of the RV, snapped free and ripped the small car’s rear bumper off in the process. The car veered into the left, northbound lane of Highway 71 and down a steep embankment, says the Bemidji Pioneer.

No cars were traveling in the northbound lane when the accident occurred.

“We were very lucky that there were no cars in the other lane or people on the side of the road when it happened,” Biggs said. “I’m glad no one was hurt.”

For the complete story from the Bemidji Pioneer, click here.

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Sharon Bailey was attempting to hitch her RV to the back of a truck at the site off Germantown Parkway with her husband when the camper began to move, said Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chip Washington. Bailey ran to the front of the RV and tried to hop in the driver’s seat to hit the brakes.

The door to the camper flew open and hit her, said Washington. She fell to the ground and was crushed under the RV. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

The couple, married 51 years and from Spring, Texas, had been in Memphis since Sunday visiting Bailey’s sister, according to Washington. They were headed today to a festival in Alabama.

 

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