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Indianola post office building, equipment damaged from car crash

A Jeep SUV crashed into the Indianola U.S. Post Office March 14, pushing a wall in about 2 feet and damaging equipment. The crash closed closed the retail lobby and access to P.O. boxes. - Michele Laboda/ NKF&R
A Jeep SUV crashed into the Indianola U.S. Post Office March 14, pushing a wall in about 2 feet and damaging equipment. The crash closed closed the retail lobby and access to P.O. boxes.
— image credit: Michele Laboda/ NKF&R

INDIANOLA — The Indianola U.S. Post Office can only accept cash after Jeep SUV crashed into the building and damaged equipment March 14.

The driver told officials that her foot slipped from the brake onto the gas pedal, lurching the vehicle forward over a low curb, and crashing into the building. The vehicle pushed the wall in approximately 2 feet at its base, and broke a water line, according to a press release.

A postmaster "narrowly missed being struck by several heavy objects that were knocked over by the impact," according to the press release.

There were no injuries.

Emergency crews from North Kitsap Fire & Rescue and a Kitsap County Sheriff's deputy responded to the crash.

People with P.O. boxes were allowed to check their mail at 7 p.m. the day of the crash, according to postal service spokesman Ernie Swanson.

The Indianola U.S. Post Office reopened for business March 15, Swanson said. However, cash is the only method of payment, and will be for the next few days, he said.

The amount of damage was not available March 17. The postal service leases the building and the landlord's insurance company has not made an assessment, Swanson said.

 

 

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