Des Moines man dies after delivering mail to Sheldahl post office

A Des Moines man passed away Tuesday after an apparent medical emergency while in the town of Sheldahl.

According to Story County Sheriff’s Office Captain Nicholas Lennie, the 43-year-old male, who is not currently being identified, was the only occupant of a box truck that was wrecked during the incident. The man worked as a contractor with the United States Postal Service, delivering bulk mail to the Sheldahl post office for sorting and further delivery, said Lennie.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, first responders were called to a ditch near the intersection of Boone Street and North Street in Sheldahl on a call of an unconscious man. Deputies were told that the driver had been having trouble breathing before departing the most recent stop on his route.

Just moments after leaving the Sheldahl Post Office, the box truck was seen nearly coming to a complete stop in the middle of the road before accelerating off the road. The press release stated that the man entered a ditch, drove through the corner of a garage, struck a tree and storage shed, and eventually came to rest in another ditch.

When medical personnel arrived on-scene, Polk County first responders were already attempting CPR, according to a report.

The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, was later declared deceased at the scene.

In addition to the Story County Sheriff’s Office, Slater First and Fire, Huxley Fire, Polk City Ambulance, and Mercy One Air Ambulance all assisted during the response.

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