Another rural carrier dies in accident on the route

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Portage resident Jessica D. Halverson, 22, died Monday after her vehicle rolled over and crashed on Old Highway U in the town of Caledonia, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Halverson was driving a 2001 Chevy Blazer from the right front passenger seat as part of her employment as a rural route delivery person with the U.S. Postal Service. She was the only person in the car and was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.

A 911 call was received at 3:37 p.m. Monday about the crash about one-third of a mile south of Potter Road.

Halverson was ejected and not breathing at the time of the call. Witnesses to the crash performed CPR while emergency responders were en route.

According to a preliminary investigation, the vehicle was traveling north on Old County Highway U Road, left the road to the right and continued for 400 feet until coming back onto the roadway. The vehicle then left the roadway on the left side, went down a steep ditch and into a cornfield and overturned, ejecting her from the vehicle.

The vehicle came to a rest on its wheels about 30 yards off the roadway in a plowed farm field.

Alcohol and speed are not considered factors in the crash.

Halverson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service.

via Woman who died in single-vehicle crash identified : Portage Daily Register.

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Sheila Blackwell

Praying for the family!

Jesse Koleszar

RIP… thoughts and prayers for the family

Julie Temple

How sad. Rest in Peace.

Chelsea Lanius

So sad. Prayers for the family. I’m starting to see these stories way too often, which one time is too much, but everyone stay safe.

Tyrrone Grines

My prayers are lifted 46060

Mary Lou Stone

So very sad. Rip poor girl. Prayers for your family and friends. So young.

Joanne Crockett Lambert

so sorry prayers for fa,ily

Jan Steinborn Banasiak

Was she driving in the middle. Or was it a right hand drive ppv? I couldn’t tell in the report… Very very sad.

Betsy Landry-Ambrose

RIP. Sounded like driving in the middle to me which is impossible to wear a seatbelt. Should not be a manor of delivery anyway. Such a shame.

Teri Slavik

Oh no! So young.

Carol Cummings

So sad! R I P and prayers of comfort to family and friends!

Adrianna Lopez

No seatbelt… So young … Sucks!! All for the job….May she RIP… Seatbelts should be required as well as Llvs to rural carriers.

Lisa Parrish

So sad 🙁 more and more deaths in our job..prayers from 27205..

Liana Berge

Driving a left hand drive vehicle from the right side is just plain dangerous. The USPS should not allow this. Very sad

Valerie Nelson

Stay safe, Julie.

Teresa Hughes Lemoine

Prayers :'( very young

Sandy Marie Cheshire

So sad. Praying for her family 73716

Tracy Davidson

This is horrible news. Her family and co-workers are in my prayers.

NC Mail Woman

She wasn’t wearing a seat belt because she was driving her personal vehicle like thousands of us rural carriers do. If the USPS would buy us vehicles, we wouldn’t have to drive in this dangerous manner but it’s probably not going to happen in my lifetime. One of the carriers in our office was killed in a similar fashion. Our newspaper also said he wasn’t wearing his seat belt.

Laura Harmon

Prayers for all involved. Such a tragic preventable accident. 37064

Christy Charles

So sorry to hear…

Traci Hudnall Duke

So sad, way to young. Thoughts and prayers for this girls family.

Mary O'Keefe Wooley

Prayers to the family

Thomas J Kolczynski

I always wonder if the carrier was taking DPS to the street when I read these, and if so, was it because management was making them. Also wonder is she was a RCA, or regular carrier. RIP

Carol Penny

Prayers. RIP. Go with GOD

Jaci Gaines

Prayers to her family…RIP 🙁

Deborah Sharp Taft

Praying for the family

Kimmerii Lackey Demore

So sad, so young. Prayers for her family.

Melinda Branch

Our thoughts and prayers for the family!

Cathy Bishop

Heart breaking 🙁 53955

Dar Schettler

Praying for her family & that management learns to lay off the pressure not to go over evaluation. No surprise that this tragedy happened on a Monday.

Road Runner

New RCA.

Scott Walker


Judy Woodworth

We are all thinking and praying for her family and friends and our usps family.
Please wear your seatbelt. It may be a hassle, but SO much better than this young lady being taken way to young!
Rest in Peace Jessica.
Williamstown KY 41097

Sharon Woodworth

Terrible…a precious life cut short. And all she was doing was her job.

Leslie Eicholtz Shaffer

Prayers r with the family


Awful! And it will never end..The customer is most important in management eyes..sad that this carrier was a new RCA…She was prob trying so hard to do a good job too :* (

Barbara Scott


older not wiser

So young, so sad, so preventable.

Shanda Brock Phelps

So sad:( May she rest in peace 70438


So sad! Thoughts & prayers to her family, friends, & co-workers.
Remember; Our most important job is not the USPS but going home to our families at the end of the day. When management pushes us to be faster we need to strive to be SAFE!


So sad to hear this – carriers, please please wear your seat belts. It is a pain to do so but it is deadly if you do not. I wore mine with the shoulder part behind me so that I could reach stuff and lean way out to the short boxes, etc. But the lap belt is important. Prayers for the family of this carrier.


So sad to hear, alot of things could have prevented this accident, what a shame.