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This 1948 Farmall H tractor was damaged collisiwith car Monday. | ErGallagher~For Sun-Times Media

This 1948 Farmall H tractor was damaged in a collision with a car Monday. | Erin Gallagher~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 4, 2013 6:22AM



Tall corn and no stop signs likely are contributing factors to a crash involving a tractor and a car Monday in Manhattan Township.

Bailey Naughton, 22, was returning from the Manhattan Labor Day Parade on her 1948 Farmall H tractor when she collided with a GMC Terrain at the intersection of Kankakee and Offner roads near Crawford Grain Elevator.

Naughton was taken to Silver Cross Hospital, suffering from headaches, along with lacerations and bruises to her leg, according to her father, Mike Naughton, who is a Manhattan Village Trustee.

“All of a sudden we hit and everything happened,” said the driver of the GMC, Gabby Dillman, 18, about the sudden impact when airbags deployed.

The tractor was heading south on Kankakee, intending to turn east onto Offner toward her grandparents’ house. The GMC was westbound on Offner. Dillman said when she saw the tractor appear past the corn, she hit the brakes and skid on the gravel road.

The collision forced the tractor into the corn field of the intersection’s northwest corner. Naughton remained on the tractor, her dad said.

Dillman was noticeably shaken up, wiping away tears. She was home from college and lives in the area. The GMC was a loaner car from Arnie Bauer auto dealership because the Dillman family car was in for repairs, said Dillman’s mother, Lynn.

“These roads, you need some stop signs or something, I don’t even know what,” Lynn Dillman said.

Naughton, her mother Linda, and her grandfather, Dick Smerz, all rode tractors in the parade Monday morning. Smerz gave Naughton the tractor for her high school graduation.



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