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On May 28, 2019 at 9:14 am, Watertown Fire Rescue and Watertown Police Department were dispatched to the Post Office at 405 Kemp Ave East for a vehicle that collided with the building.
A vehicle driving through the parking lot collided into the front entrance of the Post Office. The vehicle smashed through the front wall which is made up of large glass windows. Three of the windows were shattered and part of the wall was pushed into the lobby area of the post office. No one inside the building was hurt during the incident. The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle. He was evaluated by WFR paramedics at the scene and released.
The crash caused a hazardous materials leak inside the building. Pipes with ethylene glycol (antifreeze) from the building's heating system near the windows were broken causing a spill in the lobby area. WFR firefighters confined the spill to the lobby area by creating a dam and then mitigated the source of the leak. Approximately 20 gallons of antifreeze had spilled out.
The lobby area of the Post Office is temporarily closed until further notice. The Post Office has temporary limited retail operations at the facility as well as temporary collection of PO Box mail via the BMEU entrance at the rear of the Post Office, northwest corner. During temporary operations, full retail services are available at HyVee.