Trenton city employee, injured while mowing, passes out; tractor runs into apartment building

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A City of Trenton employee received a minor injury while mowing with a street department-owned John Deere utility tractor with a sidearm brush cutter attached.  While attempting to return to the street department barn, police said the tractor also struck and damaged an apartment building on Lord Street.

Detective Jerry Smith reports 49-year-old Fred Sowder of Trenton had received a cut lip that bled when struck in the face by a tree branch while he was mowing along Lake Street late Friday morning.

Sowder attempted to drive to the street department area, traveling north on Lord Street, then attempted a right turn onto 13th Street when he apparently passed out due to the blood. The utility tractor went out of control and struck the north walls of Trenton Heights Apartments at 1912 East 13th Street in Trenton. Police noted structure damage was extensive to the apartments rented by Linda Barron and Amanda Camerena.

Fred Sowder was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton where he was treated and released.

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John started working for KTTN Radio in the 1970s as a news reporter. He has been with the station for many years, and when Marvin Luehrs, then owner of KTTN, decided to retire John purchased the station. John is Married to Carol Anthony who also works for KTTN as the Traffic Director.