Note: Although the TV station describes this as a “freak” accident, this is the fourth incident in recent years where a postal worker has been killed or maimed while working at the back of a USPS van. In 2006 Maureen DePrince, a carrier in Ventnor NJ lost both legs, her eyesight, and normal brain function after being pinned at the back of a van when a drunk driver crashed into it. In 2009 Roy Rondeno, a 34 year veteran carrier from New Orleans, just weeks from retirement, was sorting mail at the back of a van when a car pinned him, severing his legs. Rondeno died a week later. And just a few weeks ago, Columbus Ohio carrier Doug Poole was working at the back of his USPS van when he was pinned by an SUV, breaking both legs. According to the NALC, “He is still undergoing treatment and it’s questionable whether he’ll regain the use of his legs.”
BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBS) — A 31-year-old postal worker died Wednesday after his legs were severed in a freak accident Tuesday in Boyle Heights, police said.
The worker, identified Wednesday evening as Anthony Dunn Jr., was standing near the rear of his van around noon Tuesday in the 1100 block of Prado Street when he was struck by another vehicle and pinned, according to Los Angeles police Officer Karen Rayner.