Woman Gets Hand Stuck in Mail Chute at Bronx Post Office

By Julie Shapiro and Patrick Wall  on September 24, 2012 2:54pm

THE BRONX — A woman got her hand stuck in a mail chute at a Bronx post office Monday morning, officials said.

The 50-year-old woman was trying to push a letter deeper into a mail slot at the Morris Heights Post Office, 2024 Jerome Ave., just before 10:30 a.m. when her hand got trapped, witnesses and the FDNY said.

Postal workers managed to free the woman's hand, with help from EMTs who happened to be in the post office's lobby, officials said.

"An unusual incident occurred today at the Morris Heights Post Office Station in the Bronx when a customer’s hand became wedged inside a mail drop off receptacle inside the lobby while mailing a letter," the United States Postal Service said in a statement. "The EMT was able to free the customers hand and although medical attention was offered the customer declined."

The station manager also called 911, the postal service said, but by the time a police officer arrived, the EMTs were already helping the woman.

The FDNY confirmed that the woman was not injured. 

One of the mail chutes was taped off Monday afternoon, but workers would not confirm whether it was the one involved in the incident.

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