Harvest is ramping up across Minnesota and officials are urging drivers to be careful around large farm equipment.

A car collided with a crop sprayer near Eagle Lake in May of 2017.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Sue Roe said they should, “Watch for debris that might be dropped on the roadside and when approaching the farm equipment just to slow down and use caution.”

Roe added that over the last two years, “We’ve had six fatalities and 386 crashes involving at least one farm vehicle. And of those six fatalities, three were farm vehicle riders and of the 166 injuries that we had 56 were farm vehicle riders.”

Statistics show that most farm equipment crashes and fatalities are distraction-related.