May 23, 2018
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GPS leads New Hampshire man to standing water, where his car stuck

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

LEBANON, Maine — A New Hampshire man escaped unharmed early Friday when his vehicle became stuck in standing water on Lord Road in Lebanon, officials said.

The 20-year-old man, whose name Lebanon Rescue Assistant Chief Jason Cole did not disclose, was en route to Portland for a job interview when his GPS sent him up Lord Road.

Signs have been posted on Lord Road that it is not a through street, but the driver did not see the sign and kept following his GPS.

The man’s vehicle became stuck just after 9 a.m., according to Cole, and the vehicle was taking water fairly quickly, but the driver was able to climb to the roof and await rescue personnel. The road is known to flood in the spring.

Lebanon Rescue Crew Chief Mike Sabine used his personal pickup truck to back up close to the man’s car, upon which the driver safely jumped to the tailgate of Sabine’s pickup, according to Cole.

“Fortunately no one was hurt,” Cole said. “It appears the car is a total loss, but the driver was thankful that he was able to get out safely and that’s what truly matters.”

Cole said the vehicle was removed from the scene around 10:30 a.m.

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