As harvest time approaches, more and more farm tractors will be utilizing roadways to access their farms and crops. Tragedy struck a farming community yesterday afternoon, September 8th, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. CST.
According to multiple reports, a farmer, Steven Welsh, 68, of DeWitt Iowa was operating his John Deere farm tractor while travelling northbound on U.S. Highway 61, near Welton Iowa.
A Clinton County Sheriff’s official stated that Welsh was rear-ended Thursday afternoon, by a semi tractor and trailer driven by Charles K. Culp, 62, of Des Moines Iowa. Lt. Tom Paarmann with the sheriff’s office said, the accident happened between 190th and 197th streets, about a half mile south of Welton.
Culp was transported to Genesis Medical Center, in DeWitt, with minor injuries, sustained in the accident. Welsh was also transported to Genesis Medical Center where he later died from his serious injuires.
Both the open station John Deere tractor and the semi were heading north on U.S. 61 when the semi rear-ended the tractor, Paarmann said. The impact pushed the tractor into the highway’s median and the semi went off the roadway and into a ditch.
As of 3:30 p.m., the northbound lanes were still closed, and both vehicles were still on scene. Iowa State Patrol is assisting in the investigation.
Arrangements for Mr. Welsh are pending at Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt, Iowa. Our prayers go out to both families of this terrible accident.
The family of Steven Welsh may have a claim against the insurance company that insures Charles Culp’s semi tractor and trailer. It is common in most cases that victims can recover money for all of their medical bills, lost wages, damages and for the past, current and future pain and suffering, they have or will experience.
An experienced, serious injury and wrongful death attorney will advise the families and manage their claims against the big insurance companies. The attorney will protect their interests, so Mr. Welsh’s family can focus on their recovery. An experienced attorney with a proven track record, will also organize all of the evidence, track and organize all of the medical records and billing, and negotiate with the insurance companies on behalf of the Welsh family.
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Our prayers go out to the families of Steven Welsh and Charles Culp. May God bless them and comfort them during this difficult time.