ROCKLAND – A USPS truck burst into flames on Wednesday morning while a carrier was delivering mail on Winding Way. The postal carrier was able to get out of the truck on her own, and managed to save all the mail in the vehicle.
Rockland firefighters responded to a call from the mail carrier shortly before noon on Wednesday. Fire Chief Scott Duffey said the carrier noticed smoke coming from the truck’s dashboard and assumed the vehicle was overheating.
She called her shift supervisor, who brought her another vehicle, and by the time the supervisor arrived the car was engulfed in flames.
“When I showed up the amount of fire in the vehicle was amazing,” Duffey said. “They are a very lightweight vehicle and I think they are made of aluminum. By the time I got there the roof and driver area were just completely melted.”
Firefighters extinguished the flames within 10 minutes. The fire singed the vegetation lining the road, but didn’t spread any further. First responders cleared the scene by 12:30 p.m. and nobody was injured.