1 injured in semitrailer vs. John Deere tractor crash

Crash closes Hwy 14 for over 2 hours Tuesday morning, deputies say
1 injured in semitrailer vs. John Deere tractor crash

One person was injured in a crash involving a semitrailer and a farm tractor Tuesday morning, Rock County officials said.

Rock County sheriff’s deputies and Evansville fire and EMS crews responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 14 at Fox Road around 11:20 a.m., according to a release.

Eric Rebout, 24, of the town of Janesville, was driving west on Highway 14 in a 40,000-pound John Deere farm tractor and signaled to turn left into a private driveway, investigators said. Richard Konsella, 74, of Eau Claire, was also driving west in a 2005 Peterbilt semitrailer.

Konsella attempted to pass Rebout while he was making a left-hand turn into the driveway, according to the release. Konsella hit the driver’s side of the farm tractor, which sent him into the south ditch of Highway 14 where the semitrailer overturned onto the driver’s side, pinning Konsella inside.

Konsella was extricated from the semitrailer and transported to Mercy Hospital where he was treated and later released, according to the release.

Highway 14 was shut down for two hours and 30 minutes, deputies said.

Konsella was issued traffic citations for passing a vehicle indicating a left-hand turn and failure to wear a seat belt.