For 24-year veteran U.S. Postal Service carrier Larry Lashbrook, Wednesday comes in as the most terrifying day of his career.
While unassumingly stuffing boxes in the 300 block of North Pioneer Trail around 3 p.m., Lashbrook was struck from behind by a full-size white Ford “Bug Off” pickup.
“All of a sudden I heard a big old crash hit me from behind and throw me 40 to 50 feet past a driveway and into a wash,” Lashbrook said.
Instinctively, Lashbrook clutched the wheel while being pushed across the roadway, pushing the steering wheel up.
His head struck the support bar, however, he was wearing a seat belt and did not suffer serious injuries.
Witnesses rushed over and asked Lashbrook if he was OK and called police.
The man driving the truck, who was uninjured, also asked Lashbrook if he was alright.
“I was out of it, but he said he was sorry,” Lashbrook said.
The truck’s driver told police he was distracted at the time he hit the postal carrier’s vehicle. Lashbrook said he couldn’t understand that because he was in a section of roadway with full visibility.
When paramedics arrived on scene, they put Lashbrook on a flat board and brought him to the hospital. Lashbrook worries he may have re-injured his shoulder, so he plans to see a specialist.
This was Lashbrook’s first accident while delivering the mail.