Man Dies In Car vs. Combine Crash (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

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September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 5:36 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (21Alive) - A Warren, Indiana man was killed in Huntington County after a farming combine crushed his car.

Jeffery DeHaven, 57, of Warren is the man who was killed in the crash. He was the driver of the gray sedan.

The crash happened at the intersection of Meridian Street and U.S. 24 Tuesday.

According to the Huntington County Sheriff's Department the driver of the combine, William Reed, 83, attempted to cross U.S. 24, and T-boned DeHaven's car.

The county coroner says DeHaven died from blunt force trauma to the chest at the scene.

Reed told police he didn't see the car. No charges have been filed, and the investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, 21 Alive reached out to the Indiana State Police to ask about the rules of the road when it comes to farming vehicles.

Many of the rules are the same, but they do have a few things different. They must display a 'slow moving' placard on the vehicle, and keep their speed below 25 miles per hour. But they can be on any roadway in the state, except interstates.

Those driving farming vehicles also have to abide by the same traffic laws as other motorists. So that means stopping at stop signs, traffic lights, ect.

Even though they share the road with vehicles traveling much faster Sgt. Ron Galaviz warns they are large vehicles that can be dangerous.

"Just like a semi, their stopping distance is a lot greater. Even though they're going slower it still takes them a little bit to get some of that weight stopped. Their maneuverability, again, they can't just turn on a dime, they can't stop on a dime," said Sgt. Ron Galaviz, Indiana State Police.

21 Alive's video of the crash does show the 'slow moving' placard on the combine. But the driver's speed is not known, and again there is no word on exactly what caused the crash.




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