Crash kills elderly woman

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POPLAR BRANCH — An 85-year-old woman reportedly died at the scene of an accident in Poplar Branch Friday afternoon after her vehicle clipped a farm tractor driving in the center turn lane.

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FARM EQUIPMENT ON MAJOR HIGHWAYS

Reference "Crabber's" comment, elephants are also "rather large", but we do not expect to see them on the ByPass (70 MPH) or Rte # 158 (55 MPH) either !!! "citizen2" has an excellent point ... we have a problem here. Whenever we see one of those huge doublewide houses being transported on a highway, they are followed by a "warning vehicle" displaying flags and/or flashers. Provides fast moving autos a heads-up! No one wants to prohibit our hard working farmers from getting their expensive farm equipment from point "A" to point "B". This is NOT an issue of fault. It IS an issue of safety. Two local, farm equipment related highway deaths, should be a wake-up call. Requiring "warning vehiles" behind oversize and/or slow moving farm equipment on our major highways seems a reasonable, inexpensive, effective way to fix this problem.

Development

The more land that gets developed, the more we are going to see farm equipment on the road, as more roads intersect farm fields, leaving the farmers trying to figure out how to get to their disected properties. The drivers in the two latest incidents are not blameless, either, as we have learned the driver in the SUV accident on the by-pass had revoked/suspended licenses in both VA and NC.

How Many More need to die

I am not a Lawyer, nor a Cop, but it seems to me that since DMV has rules covering just about everything that has wheels, there must be rules about off road, oversized, slow moving, unplate vehicles on the road way. I can almost see their need to use side and secondary roads, but limited access, state and fedral numbered roadways. I have given up on trying to count the number of times "I" have had to move on the the shoulder of the road to get around a double wide tractor on the Bye Pass, or 158. These vehicles do not have license plates which means that they are "NOT" on state or fedral roadways. Get them off the roads, period.

Farm equipment exempt from plate laws...

citizen2 wrote:
I am not a Lawyer, nor a Cop, but it seems to me that since DMV has rules covering just about everything that has wheels, there must be rules about off road, oversized, slow moving, unplate vehicles on the road way. I can almost see their need to use side and secondary roads, but limited access, state and fedral numbered roadways. I have given up on trying to count the number of times "I" have had to move on the the shoulder of the road to get around a double wide tractor on the Bye Pass, or 158. These vehicles do not have license plates which means that they are "NOT" on state or fedral roadways. Get them off the roads, period.
Farm equipment is rather large. Shouldn't attentive drivers be able to see it?

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