Farm equipment operator killed on Hwy. 83

A 63-year-old Roblin man died after a car crashed into the back of his tractor

A Roblin-area man died May 15 when a car collided with the tractor he was driving on Hwy. 83.

Police reported that just before 7 p.m. that evening they received a report of the crash between the two vehicles travelling northbound near road 139 North. Their investigation showed the car had collided with the back of an open-cab tractor killing its 63-year-old driver.

The driver and lone occupant of the car, a 48-year-old female from Russell was taken to hospital with minor injuries and was released the same evening. A traffic analyst was assisting in the investigation and contributing factors were not confirmed.

The tragedy is a reminder to all motorists to be alert to slower-moving farm equipment, and cautious when approaching it by reducing speed and watching for signals that indicate the farm equipment operator may be turning or making a lane change before trying to pass.

A message on Keystone Agricultural Producers’ website also urges all producers to ensure their equipment is well marked. The Highway Traffic Act requires all farm equipment have a slow-moving-vehicle emblem warning motorists approaching from behind, along with red reflectors on the back rear light and right sides. At night, farm equipment must have headlights, red tail lamps and flashing amber warning lamps.

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Lorraine Stevenson

Lorraine Stevenson is a reporter and photographer for the Manitoba Co-operator with 25 years experience writing news and features. She was previously a reporter with the Farmers Independent Weekly and has also written for community newspapers in Winnipeg and Manitoba's Interlake.

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