MACY – Investigators with the U.S. Postal Service are working to determine how much mail was lost last week after a semi hauling packages and letters caught fire on U.S. 31.
Miami County deputies responded at around 9:27 p.m. Wednesday to a report that a semi hauling mail had caught on fire near the intersection of U.S. 31 and 1200 North, according to an accident report.
The driver told deputies he was traveling south when smoke and fire started coming from the dashboard area on the passenger side of the semi cab. He said he pulled the semi into the emergency lane, where the truck and trailer became engulfed in flames.
USPS spokesperson Mary Dando said the semi was hauling mail from Elkhart to Indianapolis at the time of the fire. She said investigators arrived on scene and transported the remains of the trailer to Kokomo, where they are attempting to identify any mail that was inside.
“At this stage, we’re just working through it,” Dando said. “Our goal is to identify as much mail as we can so we can contact our customers.”
She said she did not know how much mail was lost in the fire. The accident report estimated the damage to the semi and the mail at between $50,000 and $100,000.
Dando said anyone who mailed a letter or package in Elkhart the day before the fire can contact the post office there to ask about their delivery.
This isn’t the first time a mail truck has caught on fire.
According to news station WQOW, a USPS semi caught fire in western Wisconsin in December, destroying all the mail and packages inside.
Mail was damaged in another incident in which a USPS semi caught fire in July near Ann Arbor, Michigan, according to mlive.com.