View Full Version : Loss of life offroading on Labour day weekend

09-11-2008, 08:18 AM
I was reading over a thread this morning on a forum back home and thought this was worth sharing with you guys. There's not much more to add to maheminc's comments, my sympathies to all those involved.
To quote maheminc:

Tragic, we are all brothers and sisters in this sport and it's very sad when we lose one of our own. I'm posting this up both to show respect to the gentleman that passed and for all those to make sure you do things safely and pay attention offroad.

The tow hook on the vehicle he was pulling out tore off by the sounds of it, basic metal fatigue. Please when helping others out or getting recovered yourself make sure your tow points are structural and will take the abuse. We often are in such a rush to get where we need to go (myself included) we overlook inspecting important bits on our rigs, so take the time and if you notice and stress fractures or cracks just dont chance it...get it fixed. If you are a newbie to the sport have an experienced offroader check your rig prior to hitting a trail. This ensures everyone's saftey.

Out of respect for the deceased and his family, i kindly ask that you refrain from the "coulda shoulda woulda" crap and keep any negative comments to yourself, this could have been any one of us. Moderators can you please keep an eye on this to prevent this from happening.

A FLUSHING, MI man was killed instantly Friday evening in a freak accident that occurred at the Powerline Park in St. Clairsville.

The 22-year-old was attempting to use his four-wheel drive truck to free another similar vehicle that was bogged down in mud when the accident happened.

Joey Fulton of Flushing was driving the tow vehicle when the hook on the second vehicle snapped and flew forward crashing the his back window and striking him in the head killing him instantly.

"It was a very freak accident," said Belmont County Sheriff Fred Thompson. "No others people were injured. He was just trying to help someone out. The hook snapped when he initially accelerated his vehicle in attempt to pull the other vehicle out of the mud."

Thompson said the park is often used for such activities and did not anticipate any type of charges to be filed in the accident.

"They were just enjoying some off-road activities with their four-wheel drives," Thompson said. "It was an organized event.

Also responding to the scene were officials and emergency personnel from the Ohio State Patrol, Cumberland Trail and Flushing Volunteer Fire Department.

Fulton was pronounced dead at the scene.
My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

09-11-2008, 08:52 AM
Sorry for the loss and a good reminder to us all ...MAINTENANCE can save lives !!!

09-11-2008, 08:57 AM
Hopefully this tragedy will make all of us stop and think:eek:

09-11-2008, 09:02 AM
Tragic isn't a big enough word for that.

09-11-2008, 11:43 AM
that sucks, if he had a headache rack he'd still be alive today.

09-11-2008, 11:52 AM
very sad to hear

redneck princess
09-11-2008, 12:13 PM
Sorry for the loss and a good reminder to us all ...MAINTENANCE can save lives !!!

WOW!! Thats very sad to hear and i agree with you England. Take a few minutes before ya go and check everything....My thoughts go out to his family and friends, sorry to hear about your loss.

09-11-2008, 01:18 PM
Had a hook come off a vehicle once, and split open my 3/16" gas tank. Had the hook been flying higher could have had the same result. It shook me up a bit, as it was my son that was doing the pulling. I since have been careful about pulling peeps out.

My condolences to friends and family, the bad news gave me chills.

dirka dave
09-15-2008, 03:22 PM
Sorry for the loss and a good reminder to us all ...MAINTENANCE can save lives !!!

I agree with England....Always check your safety gear and pre trip your off-road vehicle BEFORE leaving.

09-15-2008, 04:35 PM
I was with a group of guys trying to pull out another guys pickup stuck in a snowbank.
After lots of shoveling , jerking and drinking beer one guy says "my truck can do it" and he backsup and hits it hard ahead.
The rope was on the ball and the ball came off and went right through the back window and buried itself into the dash before it stopped.
The rope itself caved in the tailgate then the ball kept on going into the truck.
A few inches over and it would have went through buddies head!

09-16-2008, 06:19 PM
sad to hear . pre trips are a good idea. for many of reasons