Postal worker impaled by pole after mail truck hits fence in Apache Junction

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A pole struck a postal worker in the chest and continued through her body. By Jennifer Thomas A pole struck a postal worker in the chest and continued through her body. By Jennifer Thomas
A pole struck a postal worker in the chest and continued through her body. By Jennifer Thomas A pole struck a postal worker in the chest and continued through her body. By Jennifer Thomas
A pole struck a postal worker in the chest and continued through her body. By Jennifer Thomas A pole struck a postal worker in the chest and continued through her body. By Jennifer Thomas
A pole struck a postal worker in the chest and continued through her body. By Jennifer Thomas A pole struck a postal worker in the chest and continued through her body. By Jennifer Thomas

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- A U.S. Postal Service worker was impaled by a pole after her mail truck crashed into a chain-link fence in Apache Junction Monday afternoon, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Leslie Russell, 57, was driving westbound in the 2000 block of West Houston Avenue when for unknown reasons the vehicle drifted over past the right side of the roadway, according to PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney.

The vehicle then hit a pole and chain-link fence that ran parallel to the road.

The top two rail poles of the fence penetrated through the mail truck's firewall and one of the poles struck Russell in the upper left portion of her chest. The pole continued through her body and then into her seat.

Russell, who is from Apache Junction, was transported to a local hospital to be treated for a serious life-threatening injury.

Gaffney said neither alcohol nor drug impairment are a factor in the crash.