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Famous Brown's Lobster Pound opens on schedule despite damage from garbage truck crash

Union Leader Correspondent

August 15. 2018 10:36AM
Local contractors from Alex Builders worked at Brown's Lobster Pound Tuesday afternoon. A trash truck driver trying to avoid a more serious crash plowed into two parked cars, causing damage to the restaurant Monday just before 3 p.m. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

Brown's Lobster Pound is open for business as repairs are made to the dining room and sign damaged in a trash truck crash Monday. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Union Leader Correspondent)

SEABROOK — Brown’s Lobster Pound is open for business despite damage to the iconic Seacoast restaurant’s dining room and roadside sign.

The building on Route 286 in Seabrook was hit Monday afternoon when a Department of Public Works employee driving a town trash truck struck the back end of a black BMW sedan as the driver attempted to exit the parking lot.

The trash truck driver then struck two parked vehicles, pushing them into the front of the dining room. On Tuesday afternoon, red and white plastic pieces from light bulb covers were still in the vicinity of the crash.

Bruce Brown II, of Brown’s Lobster Pound, said the crash was caused when the trash truck driver swerved to avoid hitting a young woman who was learning to drive standard. She pulled out in front of him, Brown said.

“He swerved to avoid hitting her directly in the door,” Brown said.

Brown was relieved no employees or customers were hurt.

“Thank God for that ... We kept right on. We never skipped a beat,” Brown said.

Contractors were working on the building and sign as customers enjoyed their seafood dinners and take-out Tuesday. Brown estimates it will cost between $8,000 and $10,000 to repair the damage.

Seabrook Town Manager William Manzi said the DPW truck was not seriously damaged and the driver was not placed on administrative leave. Manzi said officials do not think any type of mechanical failure was to blame.

“We believe it was an accident,” Manzi said.

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