By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post
It doesn’t happen very often, thankfully, but two buildings were struck by vehicles in two separate accidents in Lebanon on Monday with one collision sending a driver to the hospital with a broken back.
The first accident, which resulted in the most serious injury, occurred about 12:45 p.m. on West Main Street at C & D Realty.
Lebanon Police Officer Wayne Howard said Kenneth A. Sisemore of Mt. Juliet was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango SUV turned off Babb Drive headed eastbound on West Main Street when he had some kind of medical problem causing him to pass out at the wheel of the vehicle.
Howard said the SUV left the roadway, knocked down a road sign, tore off a telephone pole, struck another SUV belonging to C & D Realty that was parked in the firm’s parking lot and then struck the corner and side of the office damaging the building.
A witness, Howard said, told him Sisemore “was unconscious at the scene.”
The desk of one of the real estate agents at the firm, Medana Lee Hemontoler, was located nearest to where the SUV struck the building. Howard said she was away from her desk at the time of the accident.
“The lady had just gotten up and went to lunch,” he said, noting otherwise she would have been at her desk and possibly injured.
Howard said Sisemore’s wife told him that he was retired from the Metro Nashville Fire Department.
Sisemore was transported to University Medical Center and was later transferred to Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Howard said Sisemore sustained a broken back in the accident.
There were no citations issued in the accident, Howard said, adding it was likely caused by some kind of medical condition experienced by Sisemore.
In the second accident that occurred on Monday, Lebanon Police Officer Steve Green said both drivers told him they had a green light when the collision happened at about 3:40 p.m. at West Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Green said Kathryn A. Mangrum of Lebanon was driving a 1999 black Ford Ranger pickup truck west on West Main Street, and the other vehicle, a 1994 green Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Sammy L. Seay, also of Lebanon, was turning off Pennsylvania Avenue.
Green said, “The ’99 Ford was headed west on West Main and the driver disregarded the light and struck the Dodge in the driver’s side.” The impact, he said, forced the Dodge to run off the eastbound shoulder of the road where it struck the home at 602 West Main Street. The property is owned by Eve Shapiro.
Mangrum was transported to UMC with minor injuries. Seay was not injured, nor were the occupants of the home.
Both drivers told the officer they had the green light at the intersection. Green said, however, the traffic light was working properly.
Mangrum wore her seat belt, he said, and Seay did not. No citations were issued.
“It was a day of running into buildings,” Green said, regarding the rare occurrence of two buildings being struck in one day in two separate accidents.
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