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Missouri Highway Patrol investigates crash involving SUV, tractor in Polk County

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 2:06 PM CDT
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PLEASANT HOPE, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash involving an SUV and a tractor in Polk County.

Troopers responded to Missouri 215 and County Road 188 in Polk County around 11 a.m. That is about a mile southwest of Pleasant Hope.

Investigators say two drivers were following the driver of the tractor, Patricia A. McCroskey, 77. Another driver coming up to the three attempted to pass them all while McCroskey was making a turn in the tractor. That driver hit the tractor, ejecting McCroskey. She died from her injuries.

The Missouri State Highway patrol shared important reminders with KY3 when sharing the road with large farm vehicles.

“Harvest season brings an increase of agricultural vehicles on the road and we need to allow them to do their job,” said Trooper Samuel Carpenter. “The vehicles are large and they can’t get completely off the roadways so people need to remember to slow down.”

The influx of farming vehicles will be continuing throughout the next couple of months. The two main factors to crashes with those vehicles are speed and distractions.

The MSHP also stressed the farming vehicles do not have the same safety devices as regular cars.

“They do not have airbags or other safety devices so we need to keep that in mind and share the road and slow down,” said Carpenter.

MoDOT also shared multiple tips when sharing the road this Harvest Season according to their website including:

  • Be patient and remember that farmers are just doing their jobs.
  • Loads on farm vehicles may be wider than other vehicles, which present unique conditions for other motorists.
  • Always pass on the left and only when you have clear sight distance.
  • Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense in any traffic crash.
  • Keep your full attention on the road and put your cell phone down.

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