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Slow Down, Share The Road During Harvest

One person was hurt when a car and tractor collided on a rural road north of London Wednesday.

Middlesex OPP say the car was heading west on Ilderton Rd. between Highbury Ave. and Adelaide St. N around 10am when it hit a tractor that was pulling out of a private laneway.

The man driving the car had to be cut from the wreckage. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the tractor was not hurt.

The road was closed for roughly 45 minutes as police investigated the crash. It has since reopened.

With harvest season now underway across the region, there is an increase in tractors, combines, and other farm machinery on area roads. Police are reminding drivers to leave farmers enough space to manoeuvre their equipment safely on the road.

“Keep in mind farm tractors are large vehicles. It is difficult to see around them and they often turn straight into fields, not necessarily driveways,” said Constable Max Gomez. “This can catch some drivers off guard, resulting in rear-end collisions.”

When coming up behind a tractor, drivers should slow down, refrain from tailgating, and pass only when it is safe to do so.

“Have some patience. These are slow moving vehicles with limited speeds of approximately 40 km/h,” said Gomez.

As a best practice, police suggest motorists drive below the posted speed limit in areas where crops are being harvested.