Farm tractor, semi collision kills senior on Highway 59

RCMP are investigating a collision between a farm tractor and a semi that claimed the life of a 72-year-old man. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

A 72-year-old man from the RM of Emerson-Franklin was killed Monday morning when the tractor he was driving along Highway 59 was struck by a semi, RCMP say.

The incident unfolded at around 7:30 a.m. two kilometres north of Roseau River.

Mounties say the semi driver, a 64-year-old man from Ile des Chenes, was uninjured and told them he hadn’t seen the tractor prior to the collision.

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The tractor was pushed some distance off the highway and into a wooded area. Officers say the 72-year-old man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Alcohol and speed are not considered factors.

Morris RCMP, a criminal collision investigation team and a forensic collision reconstructionist are investigating.

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