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Old 07-05-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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We had a terrible tragedy in our area on the 4th of July.

A 71 year old farmer had just driven his 1948 tractor in a very small town's 4th of July parade.

After the parade he was driving home slowly on the shoulder of the highway, as farm vehicles do, when he was hit from behind by someone who didn't have the sense to slow down for a farm vehicle.

The farmer was thrown so far out of his tractor that his body went into oncoming traffic, and he was very thoroughly and grotesquely killed by being run over by several vehicles.

Please, people! No one needs to get anywhere so quickly that they need to speed and ignore the needs of other drivers. Slow down! Especially in farm country where even modern farm vehicles need to get from one place to another on main roads. I often think that country highways are more dangerous than city roads, because people drive faster and are more careless.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: NC
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strange, yesterday I was driving through rural OH and a tractor darted out into the highway...
Sad story though.
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:31 AM
 
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How can someone be so stupid as to rear end a tractor? Probably texting.
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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How can someone be so stupid as to rear end a tractor? Probably texting.
It has happened here as well. I suppose if you are used to living in a bigger city and have never seen a tractor on a road, somebody might misjudge how slow they really are and come up too fast to stop. Either way, there is no excuse and it's pretty damn stupid driving.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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How can someone be so stupid as to rear end a tractor? Probably texting.
I bet you are right!
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:51 AM
 
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strange, yesterday I was driving through rural OH and a tractor darted out into the highway...
Sad story though.
There's no excuse for running into someone if they obeying the law and using some common sense but on the other had I had tractor that was on the right berm do a left turn across a 2 lane road with 55mph speed limit as I was approaching from behind. Guy never looked or gave any indication he was about to turn, almost ran into him and I have perfect driving record for 25 years with maybe a million miles. There's a lot of idiots on the road including those driving tractors.
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