Medical problem causes car wash crash and death in Lenox


January 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Lenox Police Chief Jon Huggins reports an elderly man died following an accident Wednesday morning. Huggins says at around  10:20-a.m. Wednesday, Lenox Police were notified of an accident near Van Buren Streets and Maple.

Wash bay damage at an automatic car wash caused by a pickup truck, in Lenox. (Photo courtesy Lenox P-D).

On arrival the officer determined the driver of the vehicle was not breathing. The ambulance was notified and CPR was started with assistance from employees of Barker Equipment. The driver was identified as 92-year old Mack E. McCall, of Lenox. McCall was transported to the hospital where he later died.

An investigation into the incident showed McCall was in the process of entering the automatic car wash, when he experienced a medical problem which caused him to loose consciousness.  The truck then accelerated through the closed overhead door, crossed Maple street, two yards, a fence and Van Buren Streets before crashing into a combine head at the implement dealership.

The pickup was totaled in the crash, while damage to the car wash was estimated at $4000. Other damages amounted to at least $500.