Farm Vehicle Crashes/Deaths on the Rise

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 at 6:19 am

Farm vehicle crashes resulted in five deaths in Minnesota in 2007, which is more than double the amount in 2006. The Minnesota Department of Transportation released the numbers, Wednesday.

With harvest season starting, the Department of of Public Safety is warning both farmers and motorists to practice extra caution. Katherine Burke Moore is the Deputy Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. She says most of the accidents are cases on inattentive driving

Not only did the death total increase, but so did the number of injuries. The study finds that 84 people suffered injuries last year, compared to 64 in 2006. The number of crashes also went up to 139, which is 11 more than two years ago.

More than 90 percent of the crashes happened in the states rural areas.

Interview with Katherine Burke Moore:

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