Street Sweeper Crashes Into House in N.J.

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014  |  Updated 4:31 AM EDT
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Street Sweeper Crashes Into House in N.J.

A street sweeper crashed into a New Jersey home Monday morning after a country club worker set a leaf blower in its cab and the tool disengaged the parking brake, police said. 

The 48-year-old worker had parked the sweeper on a hill on Indian Terrace in Sparta while he used the leaf blower nearby.

Police said when he set the blower in the sweeper's cab, it freed the parking brake and sent the 28,000-pound truck rolling down the hill, where it crossed a road, smashed a mailbox and careened into a house.

No one was in the home, but it suffered extensive damage, police said.

The worker hurt his knee chasing after the sweeper.

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