Crashes involving farm equipment and other types of motor vehicles can be some of the most dangerous. Like the rest of us, farmers depend on our public roadways to get around the farmstead and other nearby areas.
Drivers often get impatient when stuck behind a tractor hauling a load or towing other farm implements and will take risks they otherwise wouldn’t. Add alcohol to the situation, and it can be a recipe for disaster.
Two men were sent to the hospital following a suspected DUI crash in Yolo County along Old River Road near West Sacramento Monday night. CBS News reports that the crash happened when a 2008 Chevy SUV driver swerved along a curve in the road and into the path of an oncoming tractor towing a farm implement.
The impact force forced the tractor off the road and into a nearby embankment. The SUV was also severely damaged
The SUV driver suffered major injuries and was flown to a nearby trauma center via helicopter. A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol said in a statement that the driver remains in critical condition.
The driver of the tractor was also injured in the incident; however, authorities say that he will likely fully recover from the crash.
The driver of the SUV is currently facing the charge of suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and other related charges.