More than 120000 letters go up in flames in explosive U.S Postal truck accident

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10:04 EST, 5 March 2014


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If you live in Orange County and forgot to mail a bill or a birthday card, a fiery crash may have just given you a good excuse for missing your deadline. 

Roughly 120,000 letters from the Orange County area went up in smoke Tuesday morning on the 57 freeway in an explosive crash between two big-rigs.

Every single piece of mail on the U.S. Postal truck, headed for the Ontario airport was destroyed, officials told the OC Register.

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Dead letter: Roughly 120,000 letters from the Orange County area went up in smoke Tuesday morning on the 57 freeway in an explosive crash between two big-rigs

Dead letter: Roughly 120,000 letters from the Orange County area went up in smoke Tuesday morning on the 57 freeway in an explosive crash between two big-rigs

Burn: The cause of the collision between the two trucks is still being investigated

Burn: The cause of the collision between the two trucks is still being investigated

It was around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday when a big-rig carrying the mail rear-ended a semi-truck in the right lane of northbound 57 near Lambert Road.

The postal truck’s tractor and trailer were both on fire for roughly one hour, according to Officer Florentino Olivera of the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, a private contractor, escaped without injury.

The accident shut down three lanes for several hours, with only the far-right lane still out of service by 6:30 a.m.

Ruins: Postal officials said they'll provide proof of the fire to anyone who suffers late fees or penalties because of the blaze

Ruins: Postal officials said they’ll provide proof of the fire to anyone who suffers late fees or penalties because of the blaze

Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher said anyone mailing a non-local letter on Monday from any ZIP code starting with 926, 927, 928, 906, 917, or 918 could be affected.

He said that while there was no way to track exactly which 49-cent letters may have been lost, documentation of the fire will be given to anyone who might be hit with late fees or penalties because of the incident.

OC: The fire claimed letters from all around the Orange County area

OC: The fire claimed letters from all around the Orange County area

The ZIP codes in question cover the majority of Orange County.

Maher advised: ‘Customers who mailed important items may want to
follow up with recipients in the next few days to determine if their
letter arrived.’

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the crash.


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Cajun,

Red Stick, United States,

2 hours ago

As someone who has international penpals, that is rather unfortunate. True, most of that is junk mail, but some of it was letters from friends, grandmothers, estranged family members – mail still connects us.

isthisnewsreally,

Dallas, United States,

2 hours ago

Oh crap I think that was my mortgage payment! I guess they will have to wait till next month to get their money!

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