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Tractor driver dead after crash near Heyworth

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Authorities say the driver of a farm tractor is dead after a semi crashed into it Tuesday morning on U.S. 51 near Heyworth.

Jay C. Fitzgerald, 44, of Heyworth, was struck around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday while driving his tractor northbound on U.S. 51 near County Road 400 North, just north of Heyworth, authorities said. Fitzgerald was ejected from the tractor and suffered fatal head injuries, authorities said.

The 36-year-old driver of the semi was not injured. State Police and the McLean County coroner's office are investigating the crash.

Farm groups often encourage drivers to be cautious around farm equipment that may be on the roads this spring during the tail end of planting season.

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