Teen Injured In Truck-Tractor Collision

Posted 1 year ago

By John P Tretbar

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A teenager from Gower on a farm tractor was seriously hurt in a crash with a Mack truck Monday afternoon. The driver of the truck also suffered moderate injuries after the crash west of Plattsburg on Missouri highway 116.

The Missouri State Highway patrol said the tractor turned left off the highway just as the truck was trying to pass shortly after noon Monday.

Fifteen-year-old Jason Mink of Gower was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. 47-year-old Jodie Downs of St Joseph was taken to Liberty hospital


  • st.jo

    So, what’s with all these tractor accidents? Maybe, just maybe, 12-15 year olds shouldn’t drive tractors where they’re going to get hit by a car. I know every has to do their part and all, but this is a little ridiculous.

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    • mlr

      12-15 are by far not mature enough to operate a car, let alone a tractor.

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  • Kaleigh Frazier

    Or maybe people should be a little bit more careful and patient when they are behind a tractor. This kid did nothing wrong the driver of the other truck getting in a hurry and trying to pass him should have been more careful. Maybe before you throw your ‘ridiculous’ accusations out there you should know a little more about the story than the 7 lines of limited information you just read.

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    • st.jo

      I wasn’t blaming the kid, I just think there has been way too many kids getting hurt, all on tractors, so actually I based my comment on the last two months. I’ve read about at least five stories on newspressnow.com and here about children getting hurt or killed because they were driving tractors, some not even involving another motor vehicle or person, so my comment still stands.

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      • Kaleigh Frazier

        If it was just a general observation of children and tractor accidents including other vehicles and not including other vehicles than you would not have specified ‘where they’re going to get hit by a car’. Tractor accidents happen every day but the ones involving children are what we read and HEAR about. Your comment clearly does not stand because it needs revising. Maybe a little bit more positivity and sensitivity would help you see the good in this situation. Many people were reminded of the dangers and responsibilities that comes with driving a vehicle regardless of its size. And everybody should be glad no one lost their life.

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        • st.jo

          The good in the situation? Do you have children? Anytime I’ve had to go to the hospital with a child it’s never a good thing, thankfully no, no one got killed, but I still don’t see why children, yes CHILDREN, should be operating a tractor or anything else for that matter, in a dangerous situation. I could care less if someone 18+ gets hurt or killed if it’s by their own doing, but a child is different and should require a different standing in the laws, clearly Missouri has gotten a little lax on the whole thing. Like I said, every one has to do their part, especially on a farm, but there should never be a situation where a child is going to get hit by a car, maybe they should require OSHA classes if parents clearly can’t tell when is and is not a good situation.

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