Drivers concerned after fatal crash on State Road 18

The Indiana Department of Transportation says drivers should be mindful of farm vehicles when driving on country highways.

Posted: Jun 22, 2019 5:49 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2019 6:16 PM

BENTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—State Road 18 has been pegged by some drivers as "too hilly." This comes after a deadly crash that involved a farm vehicle and a car. 

"You got to be prepared when you're out in the country, you're in a rural area,” said Sergeant Kim Riley with Indiana State Police.

ISP said State Road 18 in Benton County can be dangerous if you're distracted.

"It's more that people are just not paying attention,” said Riley. “With the farming being later this year, you're going to get a lot of tractors and vehicles moving up and down the road."

On Jun.11th there was a crash involving a tractor and car on State road 18. That accident left one person dead and two others injured.

"It is a little hilly in spots and if you're not paying attention and there's a slow moving vehicle coming up,” said Farmer Keith Brost. “You need to be aware of that."

Farmer Keith Brost drives his farm vehicles on the road. He was in an accident ten years ago, where a driver wasn't paying attention and hit him.

"I was going down a gravel road and a pickup truck came in behind me and he didn't pay attention to the dust,” said Brost. “And he hit me in the back end of a mower and tractor."

Karlanea Brown drives on the state road frequently and said she's witnessed a car try to drive around a farm vehicle.

"I have seen it where they have had the arms for their equipment and they've tried to go around,” said driver Karlanea Brown. “But they've ended up going into the ravine and crashing into a field."

Debbie Calder with the Indiana Department of Transportation said they don't plan to put signage out on that country road.

"Typically for small hills on the roadway we're not going to put a sign up for just that,” said Communications Director for INDOT Debbie Calder. “If there is a steep incline that might be difficult for trucks to maneuver. Or if there's a hidden drive."

Calder said putting too many signs could distract drivers more.

"We don't want to put out too many that would breed a disrespect of the signage we want people to pay attention to,” said Calder.

Sgt. Riley said that all farm vehicles should have flashing lights or a reflective orange triangle on the rear.

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