16 yr old Sanilac County Farm Tractor driver injured in Crash with Automobile

GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP, MI – The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two vehicle personal injury car accident that occurred at approximately 10:40 am on Saturday October 14th, 2017.

Sanilac Central Dispatch received a 9­1­1 call that a car and tractor were involved in an accident on West Bay City ­Forestville Road near Germania Road in Greenleaf Township.

According to Sanilac County Sheriff’s Deputy Otto Kutach, a Kubota M6040 loader tractor was traveling westbound on West Bay City­ Forestville Road preparing to turn left into a private drive. The operator, a 16­-year­-old male from Cass City, checked for cars and then activated his left turn signal prior to making the turn.

A 2004 Chevrolet Aveo, being driven by 31­year­old Ashley Chase from Cass City, was also traveling westbound on West Bay City Forestville Road. Ashley’s vehicle came over a hill and she saw the tractor in front of her. The driver thought the 4­way flashers were on and moved into the opposite lane to pass the tractor. When she got closer she realized the left turn signal was on. She tried to stop as the tractor turned into the private drive, but her vehicle struck the rear of the tractor. The impact caused the tractor to roll completely over and eject the operator.

The operator of the tractor was taken by Bingham EMS to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. The driver of the car was treated and released on scene by Cass City MMR and Bingham Fire Department.

The driver of the car reported wearing her seatbelt. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The driver of the car
was issued a citation for the accident.

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