Hundreds of FedEx packages were found tossed into an Alabama ravine, sheriff says

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(CNN)Hundreds of FedEx packages were discovered discarded in a ravine Wednesday in Blount County, Alabama, some 40 miles northeast of Birmingham, according to the local sheriff's office.

Deputies responded Wednesday afternoon to a ravine on private property, where they discovered 300 to 400 FedEx packages of assorted sizes that appeared to have been thrown into the ravine, the Blount County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Facebook.

"Hopefully we will have some answers soon," the office said.

      People work to collect packages thrown into an Alabama ravine.

      An area manager for FedEx responded to the scene, the sheriff's office said, and the company "sent multiple trucks and drivers from all over the south" who were set to begin loading the packages at sunrise Thursday.

        An update by the sheriff's office Thursday morning said officials were "making a dent" in the cleanup and recovery effort.

          CNN has reached out to FedEx for comment.

          CNN's Dakin Andone contributed to this report.

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