(AP) – As the 2022 Illinois farming season winds down, the number of farm fatalities for the year is lower than average.
However, there are still too many cars rear ending farm vehicles at harvest time. Rodney Knittel, assistant director of Transportation and Infrastructure for the Illinois Farm Bureau, said it is common for cars to run into slow moving farm vehicles.
So far this year, seven farm related deaths have been recorded in Illinois, down from 10 in a typical year. Farmers dread taking big farm equipment out on rural roads.
Most farm accidents are preventable, but even one death is too many, Knittel said.