Driver crashed into lobby of Berkshire County post office

The post office in South Egremont was seriously damaged

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The damaged facade of the South Egremont post office, after a car crashed into it Tuesday.

SOUTH EGREMONT, Mass. (WWLP) – Customers that use the South Egremont post office will have to get their mail elsewhere after a car crashed into the building.

U.S. Postal Service Corporate Communications Manager Maureen Marion told 22News an elderly driver crashed into the post office lobby around 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. She said there were no injuries, but the building was seriously damaged, and cannot be used for the time being.

As the USPS works to evaluate the damage, customers are being redirected to the post office in Great Barrington at 222 Main Street. Box customers are asked to bring identification when retrieving mail.

Some town residents were surprised Wednesday morning to discover the post office was closed.

“It definitely is. It doesn’t surprise me the way people drive today, trying to make it a drive through, they do everywhere else. Yeah, it is a big surprise,” Steve Rawlings of North Egremont said.

Traveling the four miles to the nearest post office in Great Barrington was no big deal for Steve Rawlings, but the trip’s inconvenient for Virginia Grace of South Egremont, who happens to be disabled. She told 22News, this isn’t the first time a runaway car damaged her hometown post office.

“It has happened here before,” Grace said. “Well, an elderly gentleman, he didn’t do maybe this much damage, but it has happened before.”

The USPS apologizes for the inconvenience. Marion said they’re working to get an engineer to survey the damaged building as soon as possible.

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