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Oct 31, 2013 7:16 PM by April Hansen, KSBY

Farm vehicles must follow certain rules on the roads

We have an update on the school bus that crashed into a tractor Wednesday near Santa Maria.

An Ernest Righetti High School bus collided with a farming vehicle on the way to school.

The crash knocked the bus driver unconscious, injuring her and three students.

The crash is still under investigation, but an officer with the California Highway Patrol says farm equipment is allowed on the roadway if it's being used for agricultural purposes.

Agricultural equipment includes farm trailers and any type of farm tractor like a plow.

CHP Officer Kevin Rose says there are no restrictions for the size of farming equipment that can be on the roadway.

He says if the tractor is driving below 25 miles per hour it must have a fluorescent, "slow-moving vehicle" triangular sign.

Farm vehicles traveling faster than 25 miles per hour are not required to have caution signs.

"The rules of the road still apply. The driver of that tractor still has to drive that tractor safely, still has to have air in the tires and lug nuts holding the wheels on. It still has to be operated safely but there are exemptions with width and dimensions and registration that kind of stuff," said Officer Rose.

He says drivers are allowed to pass agricultural vehicles but must do it in a way that follows all traffic laws.

Officials with the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District say the bus driver is recovering well. She had to have surgery for cuts on her face.

One student is still in the hospital with a broken leg but they say the student is doing well.

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