PHOENIX — A U.S. postal worker has died and a box truck driver was seriously hurt following a two-vehicle crash Tuesday evening in Phoenix.
The Phoenix Fire Department said the crash was reported shortly after 6 p.m. near 52nd Street and McDowell Road.
According to police, a United States Postal Service vehicle was pulled to the side of the road, next to a mailbox, when it was hit from behind by a box truck.
When emergency crews responded to the scene, the mail vehicle was on fire with a person still inside. That person, identified by police as 59-year-old Michael Blanton, died at the scene,
The driver of the box truck, identified as a 35-year-old man, was transported to a hospital with serious injuries, according to police.
Preliminary information indicates no obvious signs of impairment, police said.
No other details were immediately released.