Postal truck involved in 3-car accident

A United States Postal Service delivery truck was involved in a three-car accident this afternoon on Smith Enke Road, sending three people to the hospital and leaving the roadway covered in mail. [Brian Petersheim, Jr.]

An multi-vehicle crash shortly after noon involving a U.S. Postal Service delivery truck has shut down traffic on Smith-Enke Road.

The westbound lanes are closed while Maricopa police and other law enforcement agencies investigate the three-car accident that included the postal truck.

All three drivers were taken to Exceptional Healthcare – Maricopa for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Maricopa Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Hal Koozer said.

MPD did not release the names of any of the drivers involved.

Images and drone footage from the scene showed the vehicles sustained severe damage, with the USPS truck on its side. Mail was strewn across the roadway.

The incident occurred on Smith-Enke Road between North Desert Greens and North Santa Rosa drives, east of Province Parkway. The westbound lanes will remain closed as MPD investigates. Koozer estimated the closure would last two to three hours.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but Koozer said there are indications of how it occurred.

“The initial investigation showed one of the passenger cars involved was traveling in the eastbound lanes and crossed over the median into westbound traffic, striking the mail truck and the other vehicle,” Koozer said. “Maricopa police, Maricopa Fire and the (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office) vehicular crimes unit investigation is currently on scene.”