Travel Guides – Police say a FedEx driver dumped packages into a ravine in Alabama on at least 6 separate occasions
Blount County Sheriff’s Office
A FedEx driver dumped at least 450 packages into a ravine in Blount County, Alabama.
Other FedEx drivers cleaned up the mess at 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving day.
The driver was questioned by police and fired, but it’s unclear if they’ll face any charges.
A FedEx driver tossed at least 450 packages into a ravine in Blount County, Alabama, making six separate trips, police say.
The driver was fired from FedEx, spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider, but it’s still unclear why they dumped the packages or whether they will face charges for property theft. The driver was also questioned by police and their identity wasn’t revealed to the public.
“As of right now we are looking at around 450 individual victims, some in Blount County some not, that investigators are attempting to work their cases. This will not be an easy or fast case to close,” the Blount County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted to its Facebook page.
The packages were found abandoned in a ravine on private property on Nov. 24, and FedEx dispatched drivers from across the South to clean up the mess at 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving day.
Photos show packages scattered around the ditch and FedEx workers loading them back into trucks.
FedEx crews were dispatched to retrieve the abandoned packages.Blount County Sheriff’s Office
The sheriff’s office didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“The security of our customers’ shipments is a top priority and we are committed to treating our customers’ packages with the utmost care,” a FedEx spokesperson said to Insider. “In addition to cooperating with law enforcement, we have reviewed this situation and can confirm that the individual involved is no longer providing service on behalf of FedEx Ground.”
Packages have been reported abandoned in other locations as well, including 20 FedEx packages reported abandoned in Jemison, Alabama, and a dozen Amazon packages dumped in a Savannah neighborhood. More than one in 10 packages go missing in US cities every year.
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