CHARLESTOWN — A 58-year-old man was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries Monday after police said his Jeep rear-ended a United States Postal Service truck along Old Post Road.

The 58-year-old, who was not identified, suffered the injuries around 1:40 p.m. when his 2009 Jeep crashed into the back of a mail truck that had either stopped was slowing to a stop in the area of Fort Ninigret Road.

Charlestown Police Chief Michael Paliotta said the impact caused moderate, but not life-threatening injuries to the man. He was taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital.

The mailman was uninjured, but both the Jeep and mail truck sustained heavy damage and needed to be towed from the scene. The name of the mailman was not released.

Police, Charlestown-Richmond firefighters and personnel with the Charlestown Rescue Ambulance Service were all involved in the response, officials said. The crash remains under investigation.

Members of the fire department praised the mail service for their efforts, noting that despite heavy damage to the truck, mail delivery was only delayed for less than an hour.

"(FYI), the mail delivery was only delayed a short period as the local post master came down, collected the mail and continued to deliver it," the Charlestown-Richmond Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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