House-sized boulder falls on road, just misses postal worker

House-sized boulder falls on road, just misses postal worker »Play Video

MAPLETON, Ore. -- A postal carrier narrowly avoided being hit by a house-sized boulder that crashed onto a road near Mapleton, Ore., blocking traffic and cutting off several homes from Highway 126.

Mapleton Postmaster Candi Watt said the rock missed hitting a postal carrier by just a few seconds.

The slide happened on Sweet Creek Road about a quarter mile from Highway 126 late Tuesday morning.

Lane County Public Works Road Maintenance Manager Arno Nelson said the road is down to one lane of traffic with a flagger.

Crews won't try to cut up the boulder until Wednesday because rock is still falling.

Nelson said they will use an excavator with a rock hammer on it to split the boulder up and cart is away. One concern: that may cause vibrations and cause more rock to fall.

Nelson said this is an area notorious for rock slides.