As the sun was coming up Tuesday, a driver pulled into the side of a Macon-Bibb County backhoe traveling east on Mercer University Drive about 6:20 a.m.
George Howard said he was turning onto Oglesby Place and waited for a car to pass, not noticing the backhoe behind it.
"I did not see any lights so I made a turn and I turned right into that thing," Howard said.
The lights at the top of the backhoe's cab were on, but are significantly higher than normal headlights.
Bibb County sheriff's deputy Clay Williams said the law allows for maintenance vehicles on the road.
"We just wish that people would pay a little bit more attention," Williams said. "Lights on them are a little bit higher, so do pay attention to that."
Howard's Buick Celebrity suffered extensive damage to the front end, but no one was injured in the accident which slowed traffic heading into Macon on Mercer University Drive.