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Drivers Urged To Watch Out For Farm Equipment

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Sep 14, 2017 at 4:39 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - The Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging drivers to watch out for large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants.

"Harvest season is getting in full swing and farmers in every corner of the state are out using the highways," said Jay Hietpas, state traffic engineer.

"Motorists need to be prepared to encounter slow-moving farm vehicles, especially on rural, two-lane roads now through November."

Farm equipment is large and heavy, making it difficult for operators to quickly accelerate, slow down or stop.

Farm vehicles also create large blind spots, making it difficult for operators to see approaching vehicles.

Officials also warn that farm equipment also makes wide turns and sometimes will cross over the center line.

MnDOT says, from 2011-15, 688 traffic crashes took place on Minnesota roads involving at least one farm vehicle, resulting in 23 fatalities and 348 injuries.

"The biggest factors contributing to farm equipment/vehicle crashes are inattention, unsafe passing and speed," Hietpas said.

"Motorists should always slow down and use caution when approaching farm equipment."

 

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