An unmanned Federal Express truck barreling through a bustling North Beach intersection Wednesday injured a family and nearly crashed into a public library.
The delivery truck was parked on Mason Street at about 4 p.m. when the deliveryman went to drop off a package. The truck then started to roll downhill toward Columbus Avenue, according to police.
When it reached the intersection, the FedEx truck hit a stoplight and then swiped a woman and her two sons as they walked on the sidewalk. The truck then hit a tree outside the North Beach public library, preventing it from doing any damage to the brick building.
One of the boys suffered an injury to his leg, and the mother sustained minor injuries, according to police.
FedEx Ground spokesman David Westrick said the accident was the result of mechanical failure. What exactly happened is still under investigation, but Westrick confirmed the delivery van was without driver when it crashed.
“Most importantly, we wish the two children speedy recovery from their injuries,” Westrick said.