Delta boy injured when trailer slips

Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 10-year-old boy was injured when the tongue of an Atco trailer fell on his torso at the Big Delta pipeline camp Thursday.

Veniamin Teslo of Delta Junction was listed in satisfactory condition Friday at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Teslo's father, Sergey Teslo, 41, was jacking up the roughly 10-by-50-foot trailer to hook it up to a vehicle when the jack kicked out, according to Alaska State Trooper Tim Tuckwood. Teslo was with a group of people moving two trailers purchased from the camp.

One side of the trailer was unstable and on bricks. When the jack kicked out, it knocked the boy down. The A-frame-style tongue then fell on the boy's chest.

Tuckwood estimated the trailer weighed 12,000 to 14,000 pounds.

''Probably one-half to one-third of that weight would be in the area of the tongue,'' he said. ''The people that were moving the trailer and the caretaker were able to get it jacked up and he was removed.''

The boy was treated at a clinic in Delta before being transported to the Fairbanks hospital.

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