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MnDot urges caution during harvest season

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- As harvest season picks up the Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to share the road with farmers trying to get their work done.

The reminder comes after two recent crashes in the state, one fatal crash involving farm equipment.

During 2009-2011, there were 409 traffic crashes on Minnesota roads involving at least one farm vehicle, resulting in 18 fatalities and 229 injuries. 

MnDot is encouraging motorists to: Watch for debris dropped by trucks and wait for a safe place to pass.

Farm equipment operators should always: Use lights and flashers to make equipment more visible.

Use slow-moving vehicle emblems on equipment traveling less than 30 mph. Consider using a follow vehicle when moving equipment, especially at night.

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