Seed wagon overturns in downtown Winchester

Courtesy photo by Kristie Billings

A sign that planting season is indeed coming

WINCHESTER — A tractor-drawn seed wagon or “tender” overturned in downtown Winchester late yesterday afternoon, spilling a large mound of reddish-coloured soybean seed onto the sidewalk on the south side of Main Street, east of the St. Lawrence St. intersection.

The mishap occurred after 3:30 p.m. as the farm machinery headed eastbound. The back window of a parked minivan was smashed out as the tender came to rest on its side behind the vehicle, according to an onlooker.

The road was  closed until 6:15 p.m. while a front-end loader cleaned up the spill, says  Const. Tylor Copeland of the SD&G OPP.  There were no injuries.

“The farmer was actually crying because of the shock, frustration and upsetting situation,” said Kelly Windle, proprietor of Planted Arrow Flowers & Gifts, located at the corner of the involved intersection. “He was genuinely concerned for the livelihood of his farm,” Windle added in her Facebook post.

“This corner in Winchester with all the large trucks and tractors coming through can be dangerous,” she observed. “The township should consider a trucking route for our large trucks and tractors to move through without having to pass through our main part of town.”

Courtesy photo by Sam Chadwick

 

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