USPS carrier airlifted after vehicle hit by truck

A United States Postal Services mail carrier was airlifted to a hospital after her vehicle was struck by a truck Monday at the 700 block of Newton Road. Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Jeremy Hilley was unsure of the mail carrier’s condition or where she was taken.

“What we’re seeing so far was she was stopped delivering mail,” Hilley said. “The witness said that she had just closed the door on the mailbox, and vehicle number one — the black pickup truck — came up behind her, never hit the brakes, never got over and just slammed into her from the rear then pushed her into the ditch. He never lost contact with her, pushed her into the ditch where she struck embankment and totaled right there.”

Hilley said the driver of the truck did roadside sobriety tests and was being taken to WellStar West Georgia Medical Center for a blood test. Hilley said the truck driver has not been charged yet.

Neighbor Melissa Higgins said she was outside, but didn’t see the impact when it happened. Higgins said after she heard the crash she checked in on the truck driver and he said he was OK, and when she checked on the USPS driver, she was almost knocked out of the vehicle. Hilley said she still had her lap belt on.

“He never even slowed down,” said neighbor Carlene Ogletree, who heard the incident from her house. “There was no sound of any brakes or anything.”


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