Farm implement shears pickup truck; 1 seriously injured

Firefighters had to free the driver of the pickup truck. (Van Buren County Sheriff's Office)

BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Van Buren County woman is in serious condition after malfunctioning farm equipment sheared off the hood of her pickup truck.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Monday on 6th Avenue near County Road 665 in Bloomingdale Township, northwest of Kalamazoo.

Aaron Moll told deputies he finished plowing a field and was heading down 6th Avenue when the disc harrow he was towing partially lost its hydraulics, causing the driver’s side wing to lower into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.

The 50-foot wide disc harrow sheared off a portion of Shirley Noble’s truck. Firefighters had to free the 79-year-old Bloomington woman from the wreckage. She was taken to Bronson Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition Tuesday afternoon.

The tractor and farm implement are owned and operated by Boersen Farms of Zeeland.  Moll, 22, is from the Kalamazoo area, deputies said.

Investigators said the harrow also cut down multiple mailboxes along 6th Avenue during the incident, which remains under investigation.

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