Post office reopens after truck crash destroys neighboring church

Submitted by New Jersey Truck Crash Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark

New Jersey Truck Crash

The Wells of Salvation God The Father Church Inc., on Route 77 in Deerfield, Upper Deerfield Township, was heavily damaged after being hit by a vehicle Sunday night, Dec. 11, 2016. What remains of the church building is seen Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Bill Gallo Jr. |For NJ.com)

UPPER DEERFIELD TWP. — The township post office reopened Friday after closing last month due to damage caused by a tractor-trailer crash to the building and a neighboring church.

The crash occurred on Dec. 11 at the intersection of routes 540 and 77 when a pickup truck and a tractor trailer collided with each other. The crash destroyed Wells of Salvation God the Father Church and caused a church wall to collapse in the alleyway between the church and the Upper Deerfield Post Office.

The post office remained closed since the accident while site cleanup continued. Now that cleanup is complete, electricity was restored to the post office and business resumed there.

“Thank you to our customers for their patience and understanding,” said Raymond Daiutolo Sr., spokesman for the United States Post Office.

After investigating the crash, New Jersey State Police charged Jesus Valdivia, 61, of Camden, who was driving a Ford F-150, with careless driving, failure to stop or yield and being an unlicensed driver.  The tractor-trailer was being driven by 44-year-old Bridgeton man. Neither of the men or a passenger in the F-150 were injured.

Originally published here by nj.com.

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