Rural postal carriers honored for saving man's life when fuel truck caught fire

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BELGRADE, Maine (WABI) - When a tanker truck overturned and caught fire after crashing in Belgrade last week, two postal workers jumped into action.

Rural carriers Joe Arsenault and Nick Claudel ran from the post office and helped the truck driver to safety.

54-year-old Mark Tuttle of Albion was driving the rig which was loaded with nearly 9,500 gallons of fuel that ignited.

Police say 74-year-old Robert Engdahl of Winthrop pulled out in front of the truck and caused the crash.

He was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

Arsenault and Claudel were honored by the Postal Service yesterday with postal leaders coming in from out of state to praise the pair for the risk they took to save Tuttle's life.