Letter carrier reports she was sexually assaulted in West Oak Lane

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A Philadelphia postal carrier says she fought off an attacker during an attempted sexual assault.

Police say the attack happened late Wednesday afternoon near 72nd Avenue and North Broad Street in the West Oak Lane section of the city.

The woman was reportedly assaulted while in the back of her mail truck.

Federal agents with the US Postal Inspection Service are assisting Philadelphia police in investigating the incident.

"We're going to come to the bottom of this and hold the individual accountable who is brazen enough to assault a hardworking postal employee," said U.S. Postal Inspector Reginald Wade.

The postal service says this type of crime on a letter carrier is not at all common.

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