A postal worker suffered minor injuries after the truck he was driving was struck by an impaired driver on Sept. 1 and then burst into flames.
The mail in the truck didn’t fare as well; it was destroyed by the fire.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the mail truck received multiple citations, including one for OWI, according to town of Oconomowoc Police Chief Jim Wallis.
Jonny Fermin Zelayafajardo was driving on Highway 67 when he attempted to turn east on Mill Street, but failed to yield to a northbound United States Postal Service mail truck, Wallis said.
Zelayafajardo’s vehicle struck the mail truck, which subsequently started on fire. In addition to OWI, Wallis said, Zelayafajardo was also cited for driving without insurance, failure to yield the right of way and failure to yield while making a left turn.
According to Bob Sheehan, a communications specialist with the USPS Lakeland District, the driver of the mail truck was released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries. The driver has since returned to work, Sheehan said.
“Because the driver was nearing the end of the route, only a few customers’ mail was affected,” Sheehan said. “When mail is damaged, we try to identify the mail and contact the recipient. Sometimes this not possible, e.g. the mail has no tracking number, labeling missing.”
Sheehan said in this case the postal service was able to identify the remaining packages and the possible recipients.
“We have communicated via the mail with the customers about the incident, letting them know that they may have had mail destroyed in the fire,” Sheehan said. “We then offered to help them with needed documentation when they contact the sender.”
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