Accident takes out Cambria Post Office doors

ktanner@thetribunenews.comAugust 9, 2013 

The doors at the Cambria Post Office aren't just wide open, they're gone altogether after a wayward driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake while trying to park on Aug. 1.

BERT ETLING — betling@thetribunenews.com Buy Photo

The Cambria Post Office wasn’t a drive-in, but following an accident Aug. 1 in which an elderly man accidently propelled his 2005 Cadillac Escalade through the front doors to the lobby, the branch is operating open-air style for a while.

The lack of the doors to the post office box lobby won’t present a problem, according to Postmaster Brian Machado. “I never lock them anyway,” he said. “I’m just so grateful that nobody was hurt … It was right at prime time, 4 p.m. And that’s where people stop and chat, right by the front doors.”

Machado said the doors would probably be replaced by mid-August. Insurance should cover the costs, he said.

CHP said no injuries were reported when an 89-year-old man driving south on Bridge Street attempted to park in front of the post office when his foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator pedal, sending the car over the curb and into the post office’s glass doors and wall.

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