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Barriers installed at Talent post office to prevent crashes

TALENT — Since 2011, motorists have crashed into the Talent Post Office at least three times, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Last week, the U.S. Postal Service installed 10 steel barriers — called bollards — in front of the building at 153 E. Wagner St., located near the town's skate park.

"(The postmaster) decided it was probably time, or even overdue, to do something about it," said Ernie Swanson, USPS spokesman.

The cost was not immediately available, but the bollards were paid for with funds from the USPS offices in Washington D.C., Swanson said.

The barriers still need to be cemented into the ground, but have been put in place. They were installed in front of each of the parking spots that abut the building.

In March 2011, a 75-year-old woman crashed into the post office lobby. In October 2015, an 80-year-old man drove all the way through the lobby, then through a back wall into the mail-processing room when he mistook the gas pedal for the brake. In December 2016, another motorist damaged a wall and counter at the facility after hopping a parking barrier and sidewalk. In that case, the offices were closed for the Christmas holiday.

"Fortunately, nobody's been seriously hurt," Swanson said.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.