PHOTOS: Car rolls out of Rivermill parking lot and into the Mascoma River
Driver returned to find an empty parking space
LEBANON - An unoccupied car rolled off the back edge of the parking lot at the Rivermill complex and down into the Mascoma River over the noon hour on Thursday.
Police said the car appeared to have “rolled out of gear” despite the owner’s recollection that he had set the emergency brake on the 2000 Honda Accord before he went inside the nearby buildings for an appointment.
Nick O’Day Currier, 39, of Enfield said he was already “having a bad day” before he returned to find his parking space empty.
Lebanon Police called in firefighters who set some absorbent booms in the river a few yards downstream from the car to soak up a small sheen of fluids that was leaching out from the vehicle into the water.
Fire officials said that, aside from some possible damage to the oil pan, it appeared that the car was largely intact despite the steep 35-foot plunge it had taken.
“Hopefully when they pull it out I can drive it away,” O’Day Currier ventured.
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