Tractor struck by semi

By Paul Stewart
Kansas Chief – March 27, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 7, 2014

This farm tractor sustained damage to the rear, and the cab windows were knocked out.

This farm tractor sustained damage to the rear, and the cab windows were knocked out.

Extensive damage was done to the front of this Peterbilt semi when it struck the rear of the farm tractor.

Extensive damage was done to the front of this Peterbilt semi when it struck the rear of the farm tractor.

A Troy man was hospitalized last Wednesday morning, March 19, after his farm tractor was struck from the rear by a semi-tractor trailer unit. The injury traffic accident took place shortly before 9:30 a.m. on K-7 Highway at 225th Road.

Roger C. Ross, 54, was operating the farm tractor, according to a report filed on the Highway Patrol’s Internet Crash Log by Trooper Jack Clary.

At impact, Ross reportedly was thrown from the glass enclosed cab of the John Deere tractor. He initially was treated by Highland ambulance personnel, and then transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph by LifeNet emergency medical helicopter.

The driver of the 2007 model Peterbilt unit was Donald K. Shaw, 72, of Wathena. He was not injured.

Patrolman Clary reported both the tractor and the semi were traveling north on Highway 7. He indicated that Ross was in the process of making a left turn onto 225th. At the same time, Shaw reportedly was in the process of attempting to pass, but struck the farm tractor. After the crash, the farm tractor reportedly traveled into a west-farm field, then headed south, crossing 225th, before stopping in a south field.

Ross was reported in good condition on Monday.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster