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Harvest related crash leaves one injured in Dyersville

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Police say a woman sustained minor injuries when she collided with an agricultural sprayer early Monday in Dyersville.

According to a police report, 48-year-old Dawn Conway failed to yield to that sprayer at the intersection of Beltline Road and Fifth Street Northwest.

Her SUV was considered a "total loss", while the sprayer sustained about $25,000 in damage, police said.

These types of accidents happen all too often during harvest season.

"If you get distracted when you're driving, be it cell phone, be it changing the station on the radio, you look up, and there's that piece of ag equipment right there and you can't stop fast enough," said Dan Neenan, director of the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.

It's common to now see farm equipment on roads throughout Iowa.

Neenan says not only do you have to look out for oncoming traffic when trying to pass, but also be aware that the farm equipment could turn left with little or no warning.

"You know, it's quite obvious to the farmer that's where they're going. But it may not be if someone is trying to pass them, and then the farm equipment turns left in front of them. If you take a look percentage wise, that's one of the biggest accidents that happens, especially in the fall of the year," he said.

He also said because of the rainfall and flooding much of Iowa has seen over the past month, farm equipment may take up more of the road than usual.

"Typically, where farm equipment will get over to the side of the road, that's not going to be possible in a lot of places this year, because if they go over to the side, they're going to roll over the side with that," he said.

Because farm equipment is more common on the road during this time of year, Neenan says it's important to plan more time in your trip in case you get stuck behind that equipment.

He also says it's important to slow down and drive defensively.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office also says you should be on the lookout for deer during this time of year.  They say that the equipment in the field spooks deer towards the road, making deer versus car accidents more common as well.

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