Sparta home struck by street sweeper

28,000 pound equipment damages residence


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Police are investigating an incident in which a runaway 28,000-pound street sweeper crashed into a single-family home in Lake Mohawk Monday morning.

According to the Sparta Police Department, around 9:15 a.m., the machinery was parked on a hill near Indian Terrace while a Lake Mohawk Country Club Department of Public Works employee was using a back-pack leaf blower.

The worker, 48-year-old Robert A. Meng, of Pennsylvania, placed the leaf blower in the cab of the truck, at which time it hit and disengaged the parking brake on the sweeper, according to police.

The street sweeper than rolled approximately 150-feet down the hill, hitting a mailbox before crashing into the side of a home on Indian Terrace.

No one was in the home at the time of the incident, though the home sustained extensive damage, police said.

Meng was taken by the Sparta First Aid Squad to the Newton Medical Center for treatment after he fell and injured his knee while chasing the runaway street sweeper, according to police.

The Sparta Fire Department, First Aid Squad, Police Detective Bureau, Lake Mohawk Department of Public Works and the township’s building department all assisted at the scene.

The street sweeper was removed from the home using a heavy duty wrecker.

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