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Tractor strikes school

August 04, 2009

Officials on Monday morning discovered that a tractor hit Lincolnshire Elementary School, slightly pushing in a wall, a Washington County Sheriff's Department spokesman said Tuesday.

Some bricks on the school at 17545 Lincolnshire Road also were broken, Lt. Tim Baker said.

The tractor owned by L.W. Wolfe Enterprises was left at the school Saturday with some other equipment and was parked in a school parking lot, Baker said.

At 6:43 a.m. Monday, a construction company worker discovered that the Ford 340B broom tractor had struck the school, according to the sheriff's department. A hydraulic lift on the tractor was broken and the tractor's frame was bent, Baker said.

Damage to the tractor was estimated at $2,000, Baker said. A damage estimate for the school was not available Tuesday, he said.

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It was unclear why the tractor struck the school, Baker said.

Tractors of that type can be started by accessing the ignition switch, Baker said.

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