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UPDATE – California Bridge Collapse: FedEx Ground Driver Spared Serious Injuries

August 1, 2007

On July 31, 45-year-old Robert Sylvester, a FedEx Ground contractor based in the FedEx Ground terminal in Oroville, sustained multiple leg injuries when a large beam fell from a work site crushed the hood of his delivery vehicle. The beam fell when a bridge under construction collapsed around 7:30 a.m. PT. The collapse occurred at Highway 149 and Highway 70, north of Oroville in Butte County.

Mr. Sylvester, who joined FedEx Ground in October 2003, was pinned in his vehicle for more than two hours and was freed by emergency workers at approximately 10:00 a.m. PT and taken to Enloe Medical Center by Enloe FlightCare helicopter.

Mr. Sylvester was released from Enloe Medical Center at approximately 2 p.m. PT
He was treated for various abrasions and lacerations and an ankle sprain.
He suffered no broken bones.

Everyone in the FedEx family hopes that he has a fast and full recovery.

A FedEx investigative team will work with local investigators from the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), the California Highway Patrol and other agencies. Certainly, we hope that any findings from this investigation can prevent future incidents.

Statement regarding packages:

It appears that a large number of packages were damaged during this accident. We are running reports to determine which packages were on the truck. When it is deemed safe and all official investigations are complete, the packages will be retrieved and returned to our local facility. At that point, we will update a package’s status based on its condition. If customers have questions regarding the status of their packages, they can contact 1-800-Go-FedEx or track their package online at