July 22, 2013

Van strikes commercial lawn mower on Maine highway

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

LEBANON — A commercial rider mower sustained more than $14,000 damage when it was struck by a van Sunday afternoon on Carl Broggi Highway near Southern Maine Tool Rental in Lebanon.

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A commercial lawn mower was heavily damaged Sunday afternoon on Carl Broggi Highway in Lebanon when a van struck it. Rescue personnel evaluated the operator, but he refused to be taken to the hospital.

Courtesy Lebanon Rescue Department

Jason Cole, assistant chief of the Lebanon Rescue Department, said the 49-year-old operator of the lawn mower entered the highway by accident and was hit by a westbound Ford Econoline van.

The man was thrown from the mower, which rolled over several times then came to rest in a ditch about 150 feet from where the collision occurred.

Rescue personnel evaluated the man, who refused to be transported to a hospital.

Cole said the van was traveling at 55 mph, the posted speed limit. The 50-year-old van driver and his passenger, a 53-year-old woman, both of Lebanon, were shook up but did not require medical treatment.

Maine State Police are investigating the cause of the accident, which was reported around 1 p.m.

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