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Mailman injured in vehicle collision

LAWTON, Okla._A woman was taken into custody after police say she hit a mail truck, knocking it on its side Tuesday afternoon in Lawton.

The collision happened near Southwest 52nd Street and Lee Boulevard. Police say the mail truck was headed north on 52nd Street, when a woman pulled out of a bank parking lot and slammed into the side of the truck. The driver of the car left the scene and kept going for about a quarter of a mile before she crashed into a ditch.

Mail was strewn all over the ground and emergency crews blocked off the area where the mail truck was lying in the middle of the street. Witnesses say this is nothing that they expected to see today.

"Shocking, real shocking," Carl Paddyaker, one of the witnesses, said.

Paddyaker says he just came to the convenience store on the corner to get gas.

"A car came out of this parking lot and pulled into the other lane in front of the mailman and hit the front of his truck and flipped him over, and then they tried to leave the scene and they speed off and they are up the road up there now," Paddyaker described.

Paddyaker says that is when he sprang into action to help pull the postman out of his wrecked truck.

"When he flipped over, he got knocked into the back of the truck. So, we helped him out and he couldn't walk, so we laid him on the island over there on the grass so he could lay down until the paramedics got there," Paddyaker said.

The mailman told him that the mail in the back of the truck broke his fall when he was thrown from the driver's seat.

Lawton Postmaster J.T. Hoffman says in the five years he has been in Lawton, he has only seen minor accidents involving postal workers.

"This is going to be one of the worst postal wrecks that we have had, and fortunately there are no major injuries, just a few scrapes and bruises. The driver seems to be initially okay at this time. It definitely could have been a lot worse," Hoffman said.

The mailman was taken to the hospital with complaints of pain to his right side.

The driver who caused the crash was found with a flat tire about a quarter of a mile away. Police say she drove through two front yards, ran over a T-post and damaged a power pole before the car finally came to a stop.

The driver was taken into custody without incident for leaving the scene of an accident and on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The mail was distributed to other carriers to be delivered.

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