August 29, 2013

Joggers hit when man drives through fence in Brunswick

By Leslie Bridgers
Staff Writer

BRUNSWICK — A 70-year-old Brunswick man passed out while driving on Route 1 Thursday morning and took down a guardrail and chain-link fence, which hit two joggers, according to police.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, which occurred around 8:45 a.m. on the southbound side of Route 1, between Cook's Corner and the entrance to Route 196, said Brunswick Lt. Tom Garrepy.

Garrepy did not know what caused Rodman Johnson to lose consciousness and drive his 2012 Toyota RAV4 off the road. He and one of the joggers, Alane Callahan, 46, of Brunswick, were taken to Midcoast Hospital for precautionary reasons, Garrepy said.

He said Johnson complained of chest pain and Callahan said her back was struck by a fence post.
The other jogger, Melissa Krebs, 50, of Lisbon, was pushed by the fence but did not want to be taken to the hospital, Garrepy said.

He said a couple of hundred feet of the fence came down in the accident. Workers from the Maine Department of Transportation and Brunswick Parks and Recreation were working to clean up the crash site, said Garrepy.

He said the accident is still under investigation, but police don't expect to charge Johnson.

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