A 53-year-old man was run over on the sand on Venice beach by a Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors maintenance vehicle Friday.

The victim, had been lying underneath blankets on the sand just before 9 a.m. when he was struck. He was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood in serious condition, alert but complaining of lower back pain. The accident took place in the 400 block of Ocean Front Walk, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Carol Baker, spokesperson for the Department of Beaches and Harbors said the driver, who has been with the department for 15 years, was flagged down by a beach-goer about a maintenance need. The driver turned his vehicle in response to the request and inadvertently ran over the 53-year-old on the sand.

Los Angeles Police spoke with the driver following the accident and he was later released.

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