Tractors and other farm equipment are not ideal for traveling on Missouri roads. Nevertheless, sometimes it is necessary to drive them there, and drivers of other vehicles should take extra care when sharing the road with farm equipment, particularly in rural areas.
Multiple first responders at the state and local level responded to a collision in northwest Missouri between a tractor and a dump truck. Despite their efforts, however, the accident resulted in the death of the 17-year-old tractor driver and minor injuries to the driver of the dump truck.
The accident occurred on a Wednesday afternoon near the community of Gentry, Missouri. The 17-year-old was towing a hay mower/conditioner in an eastbound direction on Route O behind a tractor. Seeing that the hay mower was in danger of traveling into a culvert, he moved toward the center of the roadway. At the same time, the dump truck driver attempted to overtake him, colliding with the rear of the tractor and mower as a result.
The force of the collision caused the tractor to come to rest on the driver's side after rolling over the north side of the roadway. Authorities pronounced the driver dead at the scene. The hay mower also detached from the tractor due to the crash.
The driver of the dump truck sustained only minor injuries despite the fact that his vehicle also rolled over onto the driver's side. Responders transported him to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment after the dump truck traveled off the south side of the road.
Authorities have not commented upon where fault for the accident lies, nor have they mentioned the possibility of criminal charges. Those who have received injuries as a result of a collision with a commercial truck may wish to contact an attorney.