A 75-year-old man lost his life after being struck by a tractor-trailer while operating his farm tractor along Route 221 near Timber Ridge Road in Bedford County on April 23. The deadly crash occurred just before 4:35 p.m. that fateful day.
Police say that tractor-trailer operator who was involved had been traveling northbound in a no pass zone moments before the crash. It’s then that he suddenly decided to try and pass the Allis Gleaner Company (AGCO) farm tractor. It’s around that same time that the victim attempted to make a left turn. He was T-boned by the tractor-trailer operator as he tried to do this.
The elderly farm tractor operator was unconscious by the time that paramedics arrived at the crash scene. They quickly collected his lifeless body and transported him to Lynchburg General Hospital some 31 miles to the northeast of Bedford County. He died soon after his arrival there. The tractor-trailer operator didn’t suffer any injuries in the crash.
Virginia State Police continues to investigate the events leading up to the crash. They haven’t yet decided whether to file charges against the tractor-trailer driver for their role in causing the farm tractor operator’s death.
Some of the deadliest crashes happen when drivers are distracted, drunk, fatigued or in a hurry. All of these factors can result in a motorist having delayed motor skills and reckless operation of a vehicle.
Those select few who are lucky enough to survive such crashes are often left with permanent injuries. Others die. If you’ve been seriously hurt in a crash, then an attorney can assist you in holding the negligent party responsible for their actions.