Two injured when car hits tractor on U.S. 45

Two injured when car hits tractor on U.S. 45

PESOTUM — A 39-year-old Pesotum woman was ticketed after the car she was driving ran into a tractor on U.S. 45 near Pesotum on Tuesday.

State police said Melanie Chilton was driving north on U.S. 45, about 2 miles north of Pesotum, just before 11 a.m. Tuesday when she hit the rear of a tractor being driven north by Vernon E. Kleiss, 67, of Pesotum. He was thrown from the tractor.

Chilton's car wound up in the middle of the road. Kleiss' tractor came to rest on its side on the northbound shoulder.

Both Chilton and Kleiss were taken to Carle Hospital in Urbana. Chilton's condition was undetermined, and the hospital had no information on Kleiss.

Chilton was ticketed for improper passing and for driving while her license was suspended.

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ufdfire wrote on May 08, 2012 at 4:05 pm

To the Kleiss Family:

Wishing Mr. Kleiss the very best.  It's unfortunate this happened.  It's farming season and drivers need to s l o w down and be more aware. 

It's disturbing the Ms. Chilton passed a tractor improperly and to make matters worse, she was driving on a suspended license.  :( 


areader wrote on May 08, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I agree--I wish Mr. Kleiss a quick recovery.  Take good care.

And regarding the other driver--drivers like her need to SLOW DOWN and pay attention!  There's no excuse for being in such a hurry and passing farm machinery!   

blue.eyes1 wrote on May 09, 2012 at 8:05 pm

What's more disturbing is the number of times that she has been caught driving on a suspended license! She is what you would call a repeat offender!! Check out I'm disgusted by the courts lack of punishment in the past. Rumor is the other guys injuries are pretty extensive. I hope they throw the book at her this time around.


Best wishes to Mr. Kleiss for a fast recovery! 

mmemartinez wrote on May 08, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Agreed. You might find it "annoying" to slow down but seriously, you're not more important (or what you're doing is not more important) than someone else's life or your own. Trust me, you'll get where you're going even if you have to wait a sec because of a tractor (or bike, or whatever).