MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – Harvest time brings an increased risk of collisions between farm machinery and vehicles on state roadways.
According to the Journal Sentinel, state agriculture officials have initiated a study group to address issues resulting from farm machinery on roadways, including damage to roads and bridges.
The state Department of Transportation says there were nearly 1,400 crashes involving farm machinery from 2005 to 2012. Twenty-five of those collisions were fatal and 708 resulted in injuries.
As farms have gotten bigger, farmers are traveling farther between fields. Washington County dairy farmer Ross Bishop says he travels 13 miles on his tractor to reach his crops. He says some drivers are impatient or even get angry while waiting to pass a tractor.
Bishop also says traveling is especially risky in the morning and late afternoon.
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