My tractor is a small sub compact, and where the sign was located, it gets in the way of egress to use the backhoe.
I never imagined I needed the sign, (the tractor has flashers), or envisioned ever using the tractor on the road anyway.
The only operating on the street I ever do, is going next door to plow my neighbor's drive, once or twice a year. :confused3:
Farm equipment operators in my area are pretty compliant overall. Just like with car/truck drivers, there are those who aren't, I don't see condemning everyone because you've seen someone operate improperly.
Any bets on the MC driver was under the influence? If he could not see or avoid a tractor on the road he shouldn't be driving his bike. Yes I ride bikes and drive tractors.
Highway 10 is a 4 lane highway. Reports indicate the tractor with mower was incompliance with warning flashers and even the non-required rotating beacon. The highway has a wide paved shoulder and that is where farmers usually drive. You can tell from the picture it was right at late sunset so visibility may have been an issue - dark enough it is getting difficult to see but light enough the warning lights don't really stand out. Minnesota is a rural agricultural state. Farm implements have the right of way on all but Interstates meaning motorists are required to move over and slow down. The comment that we farmers don't pay road taxes is way out of line. We minimize the time spent on a road - that is money wasted. We do, however, have over 3,000 acres to cover and roading is a necessary nuisance. We make up for it in all of the road taxes paid on our trucks and other on-highway vehicles. We sure don't run any colored diesel in our trucks - that is a $30,000 fine and as we live near a major truck route, there frequently are highway patrolmen out checking so we would never risk dyed fuel in a truck even though they might spend the majority of the time off-highway. Not sure if tractor with mower in this case was mowing roadsides (never have seen them out this late at night) or a farmer. Local townships, however, do contract mowing to anyone who makes the lowest bid so this could be a person moonlighting and on his way home when it got dark.
Do you think
Pictures can be deceiving though, especially in a case like this. We have no idea(according to the article), what time the accident happened.
One can be certain that a significant amount of time passed before the news crew got on the scene to snap the photo.
I've seen accidents, with fatalities, such as that take 4 to 8 hours to clean up,