An unmarked box truck carrying U.S. Mail crashed into a tractor pulling earth-moving equipment.
The crash happened around 5:15 a.m. on Coldwater Road near Pion Road.
The mail truck was headed north when it hit a tire on the tractor which was pointed southbound.
The impact sent the mail truck onto its side. The driver was able to get out of the mangled cab with the help of a ladder and Huntertown firefighters. The driver suffered minor injuries, according to Allen County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Cpt. Steve Stone.
Only a few pieces of mail spilled from the truck. Most stayed in bags or in metal crates in the back of the truck. A second box truck was brought in and the mail was transferred over and taken away.
USPS officials were on scene, as was an officer with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. USPS officials said USPS police arrive at all crash scenes when mail is removed from a secure transport.
A Huntertown firefighter told NewsChannel 15 crews were moving the heavy equipment to Parkview Hospital. It’s unclear if the tractor and equipment was properly marked. After the collision part of the tractor was over the yellow line.
The sheriff’s department is still investigating the cause of the crash.
Construction crews are working in the southbound lanes and shoulder to widen the road between Gump Road and Perry Lake Drive. It’s not clear if the construction work might have played a role in the crash.
Coldwater Road was closed between Pion Road and Gump Road for approximately 2 1/2 hours while crews cleaned up and investigated the crash.