Mail damaged, destroyed when postal truck catches fire

Photo courtesy: Craig Soles
Photo courtesy: Craig Soles

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A United States Postal Service transportation vehicle caught fire along Highway 74/76 in Columbus County, damaging and destroying some mail.

The driver reported that there was an engine fire Wednesday night, while he was transporting mail collected from two offices in Leland.

Officials said the truck had collected mail from the Leland Post Office and a contract postal unit in Leland. Customers who sent letter mail and/or packages from either postal location in Leland, NC are being asked to contact the Consumer Affairs Office at 704-424-4422.

No one was injured in the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

"At this time, we are pleased that the contract driver was uninjured," said Mid-Carolinas district manager Angela Curtis. "However, we recognize that this does create a concern for any postal customers who may have sent mail from our Leland offices. We apologize for any inconvenience and my staff will work with customers to assist in whatever way we can."

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