A 5-year-old West Jordan boy was struck and killed by a mail truck Saturday afternoon.

The boy was rushing out to get the day's mail, but the driver apparently didn't see him dash into the road, police said.The boy, whose name had not been released late Saturday night, ran out into the street to ask the carrier for the mail about 1 p.m., said West Valley Police Sgt. Jeff Jewkes. The carrier didn't see him and ran him over.

"Witnesses say he wanted to get the mail from the mailman and so he ran out into the road," Jewkes said. "The mailman proceeded to another box after the accident. He didn't even know about it until he delivered to two more boxes, until he looked back and saw what happened."

The carrier was not shuffling through mail at the time of accident, said Beverly Burge, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service. He was watching the road. The boy was hit by the front bumper on the left-hand side of the mail truck.

"He just didn't see him," Burge said.

Paramedics airlifted the boy to Primary Children's Medical Center but he was pronounced dead when he arrived.

The accident occurred in front of a house at 3772 W. Atmore Road (6300 South). The carrier, whose name also was not released, has not been cited. Investigators will turn over their report to the County Attorney's Office, and prosecutors will decide whether to file charges.

The mail carrier involved has had a few minor property accidents during his 10 years with the post office, Burge said. He scraped a mail truck against a mail box, but nothing involving injuries.

The post office has not placed the driver on leave. He was having a hard time dealing with the situation Saturday night, said Burge, adding that he was talking to a counselor.

"Our hearts go out to the family (of the boy)," Burge said. "It's very tragic. Our carrier is obviously very shaken."