15 December, 2016
As noted in the company's press release, it's expecting to deliver over 16 billion cards, letters, and packages during the 2016 holiday season, including 750 million packages.
The truck caught fire while making deliveries and video showed the driver and a passerby rushing to to get all the packages off before they went up in flames.
A dedicated mail carrier in North Carolina was caught in camera rescuing packages from the back of her mail truck after the vehicle burst into flames.
Firefighters soon arrived on the scene and were able to put out the fire within minutes.
Local station TWC News reported that the majority of the packages were saved.
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USPS said customers who believe they may have had packages on the truck should track their items on the USPS website.
But only a few packages were actually damaged, and they were wet rather than burned.
The Mail Room has two postal service pick up times this month to keep up with demand. We are grateful for the quick response of the fire department. "Somebody did save Christmas, you give all the credit to that postal carrier", said Chief Ed Barrett. "You give all the credit to that postal carrier".
"She seemed like she was okay and she did a fantastic job, a heroic job, of trying to save the packages first especially at this holiday season", said neighbor Rob Harper.