A vehicle hit the front door of the U.S. Post Office in Calverton in the middle of the work day Monday afternoon, causing damage to the frame before the driver fled the scene, Riverhead Town police said.
The crash happened about 3:15 p.m. at the Route 25 post office police said. The vehicle had not yet been located, police said.
Town building inspector Richard Gadzinski was called to the post office to examine the building for structural damage, Riverhead police said.
Mr. Gadzinski said employees he interviewed were in the building sorting mail at the time of the accident.
“They heard a thump or a bang … but they really weren’t in a position to see what was in the parking lot,” he said.
The front door of the building had been pushed in, a window frame was twisted and the glass cracked, with red exterior bricks and white interior bricks pushed in by about eight and 10 inches, Mr. Gadzinski said.
Because of unsafe conditions, the post office was closed and caution tape was wrapped around the building’s entrance after the accident Monday.
A mobile post office was called in and set up in the parking lot.