by Matt Marquardt –
MASON CITY – Mason City police and fire department personnel responded to a one-car accident Tuesday near the 200 block of 2nd Street NE.
According to a police report, 89 year-old James Robert Law of rural Clear Lake was cited for an undisclosed offense after his vehicle accelerated south through the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot across 2nd Street NE and struck a tree in the lawn in front of residences there.
The report says Law was injured. It was said Law was checked out and was not transported to the hospital. “He hit his mouth,” a bystander told NIT.
Bystanders also told NIT that they weren’t sure exactly what happened, but the incident sounded “like a big crunch.” They said Law’s blue Chevy Colorado pickup truck seemed to be totaled. There were still bits and pieces of the truck next to and stuck to the tree a few minutes after authorities left.
Bystanders also said that three baby squirrels were knocked out of the tree. “The firefighters and officers put them back into the tree.”
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