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Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Community comes together after accident at Lynn’s Heritage House

By Kyle Boaz

An accident off Kelly Lane on Thursday, July 5, brought the community together to help a group of Louisiana’s older citizens.
A truck working in the field across from Lynn’s Heritage House was bailing hay when “some sort of mechanical failure” caused the trailer and truck to become detached and roll across Kelly Lane and into Lynn’s, according to Louisiana Fire Chief Phillip Quattrocchi.
The truck hit another vehicle and pushed it into the building and took out a transformer in the process, knocking out power.
The truck was unoccupied during the incident.
There were no injuries or reports of entrapment.
Louisiana Fire Department was dispatched at 12:40 p.m. and had the scene clear by 3:10 p.m., according to Quattrocchi.
Ameren was contacted to restore power along with the Louisiana R-II school district for assistance to evacuate the building.
There were 23 residents in the building at the time with 11 taken to the Elks Lodge and the other 12 were picked up by family members.
“We started calling families to let them know what happened and we would need to move them and some family members came and got [the residents],” Lynn’s Heritage House Administrator Jenna Loveless said.

This angle shows the damage caused by the truck to the other vehicle’s hood and front end after the accident on Thursday, July 5. Photo credit Jeff Windmiller.

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