A 23-year-old man was killed Sunday when the old mail truck he was driving slipped in the mud, hit a tree, tipped over and pinned him on the ground at a youth camp in the Longbranch area of Pierce County.
A witness spotted the crashed mail truck just after 4:30 p.m. at Sound View Camp and Retreat Center, 8581 Key Peninsula Highway, and called 911.
Key Peninsula fire crews found the truck on its right side and Max Denby of Lynnwood pinned between the van and the ground, the fire district reported.
Investigators believe the crash happened hours earlier when Denby, a volunteer at the camp, had been driving the truck at a low speed down a hill, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. The truck slipped in the mud and hit and uprooted a tree.
The truck, which had large sliding doors, tipped over. Denby wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was ejected. He was crushed by the truck, Troyer said.
“We don’t think there was any reckless driving,” he said.
Sound View posted a statement about the accident on its Facebook page.