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A mail vehicle ended up on it's roof after sliding off an icy road in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, February 2, 2015. (LEE ROUSE/WHO-HD)

A mail vehicle ended up on it’s roof after sliding off an icy road in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, February 2, 2015. (LEE ROUSE/WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Icy roads are believed to have played a role in a singe-vehicle accident involving a post office mail truck.

The crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. in the 2900 block of East 56th Street in Des Moines. The driver lost control of the vehicle, went into a ditch and rolled before coming to a rest on its top.

The driver, a United States Postal Service employee, was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

Additional postal service employees responded to the scene to transfer the mail to another truck.

11 comments

  • Rebecca Hergert

    Probably driving too fast.
    I think it’s aweful people ordering out for pizza yesterday, putting drivers at risk!!

  • Kim

    The LLV’s don’t maneuver very good in bad weather. Hopefully the driver is ok. When the weather is nasty out, it is very treacherous for the mail carriers.

  • Chris P.

    There needs to be a psa about mail trucks. They are really light and made of aluminum. They don’t have any weight, which as people who live in places where it snows know, that means horrible traction. They slide so easily. You can be doing 5 mph in one, try to stop and you will still slide.

  • mollie

    i work at USPS. i don’t understand why the LLVs has rear wheel drive. it’s hard to stop too – no ABS. you have to pump the brakes on your own.

    • Chris P.

      Don’t forget to shift into neutral when stopping. And pull that driver side mirror in while doing a mounted route.

  • d2crazed

    The USPS doesn’t put snow tires on any vehicles, ANYwhere. We used to hear that they had 4 wheel drive in Alaska. Accidents happen…that’s why they are called ACCIDENTS. NONE of you should be guessing what happened in this instance. The postal vehicles are horrible in the snow. They have no traction. There are weights that can be put into the back of the trucks. A psa about postal vehicles? For whom? Carriers are well aware of the limitations of the vehicles we have to drive every day. Nice of you to only be concerned about your car payment being on the carrier’s truck. It would only be on that particular truck if that carrier had picked up your outgoing mail that day. Didn’t you read that postal employees transferred the mail out of the truck? Thank you to the one person who expressed concern for the carrier.

  • Liz

    All carriers work hard to maintain safety everyday.Iif others could understand the risks taken everyday the minute we fellow carriers step foot on the street or get behind the wheels of our jeeps they might be less judgmental. Thank goodness this carrier was not seriously injured or killed.

  • Mary Lou Stone

    This is terrible. I pray the carrier was not badly hurt. These vehicles are rear wheel drive and are horrible in even an inch of,snow, never mind treacherous conditions. USPS,needs a better solution than these LLV’s. these things are death traps. Accidents waiting to,happen. Do,away with these vehicles all together before someone else gets hurt or worse,gets,killed. Come,on USPS!! We need to be out in every kind of weather, we should be accommodated with proper vehicles.
    The best we can do in dangerous weather is put chains on these trucks and some weight in the back. It’s NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!

  • Darwin Teague

    Those trucks are absolutely WORTHLESS in the snow. Rear wheel drive with no weight in the back and the front tires are closer together than the rear ones, so the rear tires can’t even ride in the tracks of the front tires.

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