Rural carrier's mail truck catches fire in mid-Missouri

Rural carrier's mail truck catches fire in mid-Missouri

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 05: US Postal Service letter carrier Juan Padilla walks his delivery route on December 5, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The US Postal Service announced today that they are considering a plan to eliminate the first class next-day delivery for stamped letters as well as closing half of its 487 mail processing plants across the country in an effort to cut costs and avoid bankruptcy. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 9:15 AM

SMITHTON, Mo. (AP) -- A fire that engulfed a rural mail truck has destroyed hundreds of pieces of mail and several packages.

The U.S. Postal Service says the mail carrier was near the mid-Missouri town of Smithton on Tuesday when his sport utility vehicle stalled. After pushing his SUV into a driveway, the carrier called a supervisor to take him to get a part needed to make a repair.

The Sedalia Democrat reported that the SUV was in flames when the carrier returned.

Postal Service spokeswoman Valerie Welsch says the driver had made only 30 of the more than 400 deliveries on his route. She says the fire and water used to extinguish it "completely destroyed" most of the mail. The salvageable pieces will be sent out as soon as possible.

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