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Tractor destroyed in collision with truck
No injuries reported; driver cited for illegally passing on double yellow line
tractor collision
A 1977 John Deere tractor was destroyed Saturday when a man driving a Ford F150 pickup truck attempted to pass on a double yellow line as the tractor was turning left. No one was injured, according to Georgia State Patrol Post 45 reports. (SPECIAL)

A Bulloch County farmer's tractor was destroyed Saturday morning when another man driving a truck passed him illegally, reports stated.

Cole Austin Lott, 21, of Harville Road, was driving a 1977 John Deere 4230 tractor around 11:45 a.m. Saturday, slowing to make a turn into his driveway, when a 2016 Ford F150, driven by Michael Taylor Baggott, 26, of Sandalwood Drive, approached him from the rear, with both heading south, according to Georgia State Patrol Post 45 reports.

As Lott began to turn left into his driveway, Baggott tried to pass him on "double yellow lines" and struck the tractor in the front.

Baggott's truck then traveled about 176 feet before coming to a rest. Lott's tractor fell apart, coming to rest in both lanes.

Reports list both drivers as uninjured.

"I am surprised I didn't get thrown from the tractor," Lott said.

He said he lives in a farming community, and people passing slow-moving farm equipment is a daily hazard.

Lott said he had a farm truck following him with flashing lights as a warning to others.

"People should be aware this is harvest season and be careful about passing farm equipment," he said.

Georgia State Patrol spokesperson Ginger Robbins said Baggott was cited for illegally passing on a double yellow line.

Baggott was not immediately reachable for comment.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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