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FedEx 'debacle': Driver dumped packages into Alabama ravine at least six times, police say

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 12/1/2021 Mike Snider, USA TODAY
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A FedEx driver dumped parcels into an Alabama ravine at least six times, resulting in the accumulation of more than 400 packages discovered last week, police say.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office has identified and questioned a driver in the incident, which was discovered last Wednesday, Sheriff Mark Moon said on the department's Facebook page.

Investigators "are looking at around 450 individual victims, some in Blount County some not," Moon said.

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"This will not be an easy or fast case to close," he said. "Again I am asking for patience from our citizens as our investigators work through this case."

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The driver’s name was not released, and Moon did not indicate whether any charges were possible.

"There have been many questions coming in, mainly from media, regarding the FedEx debacle," Moon said. "More to come, please be patient as we are currently getting into all the details. All the information that we can share will be shared when we can share it."

FedEx said in a statement that the person involved was no longer providing service for FedEx Ground and said it was cooperating with law enforcement.

“The security of our customers’ shipments is a top priority and we are committed to treating our customers’ packages with the utmost care,″ FedEx said, adding that it would deliver recovered packages wherever possible and seek resolution for any damaged shipments.

After the packages were found in the ravine about 30 miles north of Birmingham, the sheriff's office guarded them until FedEx could send trucks to collect them. Photos on the office's Facebook page showed workers on Thanksgiving Day retrieving the packages.

Between 300-400 boxes of different sizes were found in the a ravine near the small town of Hayden in northcentral Alabama.  The Blount County Sheriff's Office guarded the packages until FedEx trucks arrived to collect them. © STRF Between 300-400 boxes of different sizes were found in the a ravine near the small town of Hayden in northcentral Alabama. The Blount County Sheriff's Office guarded the packages until FedEx trucks arrived to collect them.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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