EPRD employee recovering following lawnmower accident

Local first responders secure and prepare to load Evanston Parks and Recreation District employee Hannah Walton into an ambulance on Friday morning. Walton suffered broken bones in her hand after the lawnmower she was driving rolled through a railing and landed on the road near the 9th Street underpass. (HERALD PHOTO/Brian Liechty)

EVANSTON — An Evanston Parks and Recreation District employee is recovering after the lawnmower she was driving rolled off a steep hill, crashed through a railing and landed in the street near the 9th Street underpass.

According to the Evanston Police Department, officers responded at 8:19 a.m. Friday, June 28, to find that Hannah Walton had driven the mower through the hand railing and off the east side of the bridge.

Walton was stabilized and transported to Evanston Regional Hospital where she was treated and released. Parks and Rec director Scott Ehlers said the employee is OK, but suffered some broken bones in one of her hands.

City maintenance workers removed the railing from the road, and a Parks and Rec crew later arrived with a forklift to remove the mower from the road.

Ehlers said Friday that he couldn’t release much information but said he planned to hold a meeting on Monday. He said this was the first issue concerning safety that the Evanston Parks and Recreation District has faced this year. He couldn’t be reached for comment on Monday.

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