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Citizens outraged over mail damaged, lost on postal truck that caught fire

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Some people in Leland who had mail on a U.S. Postal Service truck that burned believe the post office should pay for their losses. Some people in Leland who had mail on a U.S. Postal Service truck that burned believe the post office should pay for their losses.

LELAND, NC (WECT) - Some people in Leland who had mail on a U.S. Postal Service truck that burned believe the post office should pay for their losses. 

The truck, which was carrying mail from the Leland Post Office, caught fire on Highway 74/76 in Columbus County. Now, some people are wondering if their mail will be delivered. 

"Since I mailed two regular bills in a regular mailbox with no tracking number, there's no way for me to know," said Kelly Benton, a concerned citizen. 

Judith Lee wasn't that lucky. She says that she lost nearly $1,000 worth of items that were on the truck, including things that meant a lot to her, like a collection of Shakespeare books. 

"It was ten volumes," said Lee. "For them to get burned up after I've had them for 40 years...I was so sad. Then I had been collecting special gifts for my grandchildren -- things you don't normally buy in the store. I have a very ill friend and I sent her a crock pot, because I didn't want her standing over the stove cooking. I also through one in for my sister."

Lee says she called postal officials and was told that since she didn't have insurance, she will not receive any money for the lost items. 
     
The postal employee driving the truck was not hurt.

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