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Robbers steal FedEx truck loaded with holiday presents in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - Gunmen hijacked a FedEx delivery truck loaded with Christmas presents early Friday on a Manhattan street, officials said.

The driver, who was found later in Brooklyn, wasn't hurt, police and FedEx Corp. spokesman Steve Barber said. The truck, an 18-wheeler and one of the biggest FedEx vehicles, was later found abandoned in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn around 5:30 a.m. There was cargo inside, officials said.

"We don't know whether anything is missing at this point," said Sandra Munoz, a FedEx spokeswoman at the company's headquarters in Memphis, Tenn.

The FedEx Express truck was headed to a company facility in Newark, N.J., after midnight when two men brandishing a gun confronted the driver at a traffic light, police said. The driver was forced out of the truck and into a car.

Munoz said FedEx could not estimate the value of the cargo until police released the truck, which can hold as much as 80,000 pounds when full.

FedEx wasn't the only company faces unexpected trouble delivering packages just days before Christmas.

Halfway across the country, a freight train bound for Chicago derailed Friday, spilling several train cars loaded with UPS packages in Indiana.

Hundreds of UPS workers were sent to the site to load packages onto trailers and get them back on their way, company spokesman James Vickery said.

An engine and 10 cars derailed about 10 miles east of Gary, Norfolk Southern spokesman Rudy Husband said. No injuries were reported, but the derailment also blocked some Amtrak trains to and from Chicago.

Amtrak said it arranged for buses to bring passengers to Chicago or to Michigan City or Toledo, Ohio, to board other trains.

The freight train, which was traveling from Secaucus, N.J., was hauling 39 UPS containers. The UPS tracking system will allow customers to track their packages online and be notified whether their parcel was thrown off the train, Vickery said.


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