published Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Man drives SUV into Hixson post office

David Compton, area maintenance technician for U.S. Postal Service, straightens a handicap parking sign that was run over by a postal patron Tuesday. The sign itself reads upside-down after the vehicle plowed into the lobby of the Post Office in Hixson.
David Compton, area maintenance technician for U.S. Postal Service, straightens a handicap parking sign that was run over by a postal patron Tuesday. The sign itself reads upside-down after the vehicle plowed into the lobby of the Post Office in Hixson.
Photo by Tim Barber.

Postmaster Robert Dickerson was tending to the vehicles of the post office on Northgate Mall Drive when he heard "a big boom, and glass falling," he said.

He came around the corner to see the back of an SUV sticking out of his building -- the front lodged within the post office.

It happened about 3:30 p.m., Dickerson said, when an elderly driver attempted to pull into a handicapped parking space in front of the building, and instead accelerated over the parking block, ran over the metal handicapped parking sign, and drove a couple of more feet before hitting the brick wall and glass.

"Getting over [the parking block] and the curb is what boggles my mind," Dickerson said.

About three customers and three clerks were in the building when the accident happened, but no injuries were reported, Dickerson said.

"Had it been a Monday, this lobby would have been full of people," Dickerson said.

It took nearly an hour to get the vehicle removed Dickerson said.

Although the accident pushed part of the concrete wall inside the post office and shattered a glass window, there was no structural damage, Dickerson said.

"We're hoping for it to be cleaned up to allow for safe operation tomorrow," area maintenance technician David Compton said.

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