The Rozet Post Office is closed until further notice after a 32-year-old Rozet woman drove into the building at about 1 p.m. Thursday, Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny said.
No one was hurt in the crash, which left a gaping hole in the side of the post office.
Firefighters had to cut a hole in the building’s exterior wall to extricate the woman and her passenger, a 66-year-old Rozet man, according to a Campbell County Fire Department press release. They also pulled the truck out of the lobby, where it had come to a stop.
Firefighters then secured the building from the weather. There is not yet an estimate on the cost of the damage to the building, which is U.S. Postal Service property, Matheny said.
The truck’s driver, who was learning to drive, mixed up the accelerator and brake pedal and accelerated into the building. She was ticketed for not having a valid driver’s license and for careless driving, Matheny said. Her passenger knew she wasn’t licensed to drive and was ticketed for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive.
All mail is secure and mail dropped off outside will still be picked up. The back of the building wasn’t affected by the crash, so postal workers continue to sort mail and deliver to homes on the Rozet postal route, post office spokesman David Rupert said.
The U.S. Postal Service is evaluating the damage and clearing debris in the hopes of finding a secure area where post office box holders can collect their mail. If a secure area can’t be found, the Postal Service will have to find an alternate location for post office box holders to pick up their mail, Rupert said.
“At this point, we’re in an evaluation stage,” he said.
Alternate retails services are available at the Gillette and Moorcroft post offices.