A postal worker was injured after he was thrown from the postal truck he was driving to the northbound lane of Island Road in a multi-car accident at about 4:45 p.m. Friday afternoon, Mahwah police said.
According to police, a car pulling out of the State Line Diner hit a mail truck being driven by Milan Desai, 47, of Fair Lawn. “The force of the impact tore the door off the mail truck and [Desai] was ejected from his vehicle, landing in the northbound lane of Island Road,” Police Chief James Batelli said.
The mail truck continued driving down the road on its own
after the driver was ejected, Batelli said. It veered left, hit a parked car in
a nearby parking lot, and finally stopped after hitting a utility pole, police
Desai was conscious at the scene, but suffered head trauma, Batelli said. He was transported to Valley Hospital via Mahwah Ambulance.
The driver of the car was issued a ticket for careless driving, but did not sustain any injuries, police said.
The “accident was serious, but considering the chain of events following the initial impact, it could have been much worse,” Batelli commented.
Mahwah Officer Stacey Conley and Sergeant Harry Hunt responded to the scene. Postal authorities also responded, securing pieces of mail scattered
on the ground, and the mail left in the postal truck, police said.