Some Missouri police officers were kept busy Sunday morning after a truck hauling mail lost part of it's load along Interstate 270.
Pieces and boxes of mail reportedly reached from St. Charles Rock Road into Ste. Genevieve County along I-270 and Interstate 55. Officers from multiple counties worked quickly to collect the lost pieces along 75 miles of highway.
U.S. Postal Inspector Dan Taylor says the mail came from a contractor's truck, who was taking the mail on a long haul from St. Louis to Memphis for the U.S. Postal Service. Authorities believe a door was either left open or somehow opened during the drive. Taylor added that most of the mail appeared to be statements from one or two large mailers and if all goes well, they should have all mail items out Monday.
The Postal Inspector’s Office will open an “administrative investigation” tomorrow. This means that while criminal charges aren’t likely, they want answers as to how this happened, and how to prevent it in the future.
Dan Taylor does not know how many pieces may actually be missing. He says between 25 and 30 trays of mail were recovered, spread over 70 miles.
Taylor also said that this incident does not affect anybody’s outgoing bill payments. The mail came from two bulk mail companies who contracted with an independent carrier.