December 18, 2014

Elyria
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Accident damages utility pole, takes out mailboxes

ELYRIA — Anyone planning to get those Christmas cards or other holiday mail on its way may have to wait a bit if they were planning to deposit it in the big blue mailboxes at the drive-through of the main post office on East Bridge Street.

The delay is because a vehicle barreled into the boxes and took them off their moorings about noon Saturday.

An employee of the main post office who answered the post office phone in the afternoon confirmed the accident, saying it occurred about 12:15 p.m.

The employee, who did not identify himself, said he didn’t know if the accident was caused by someone driving a car or truck.

He referred further questions to a postal service spokesman who was not reached for comment.

Assistant Elyria Fire Chief Ron Brlas said firefighters responded after a call came in that it was a rollover of a vehicle with someone possibly trapped inside vehicle.

“When we got there, no one was trapped,” Brlas said.

“We heard one person had minor injuries, but there was nothing serious,” Brlas said.

He declined to release details, citing  medical privacy laws.

The accident also damaged a utility pole in the area.

Elyria police Sgt. Deena Baker had few details about the accident, which remains under investigation, but said initial indications were that a vehicle plowed into the mailboxes and also struck a utility pole.

“They wiped them right out,” Baker said of the mailboxes.

Skid marks appeared to indicate the vehicle that struck the mailboxes and pole was heading toward Cleveland Street.

“The skid marks looked to go right toward the island where the mailboxes were,” Baker said. “They appeared to come from the south.”

Baker said it was not immediately clear whether police had taken the driver into custody.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.