LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A level-1 HAZMAT situation was declared Tuesday morning after a semi truck crashed and caught fire while traveling from the eastbound I-64 exit ramp onto northbound Hurstbourne Parkway.
That accident happened just after 3 a.m. when a semi truck contracted with the United States Postal Service struck a barrier and flipped, causing the truck to burst into flames. Diesel fuel leaked from the truck and emergency crews were called in to clean up.
Twelve containers of first class and priority mail destined for Greensboro/Raleigh, N.C. were inside the trailer, according to an USPS news release, and most of the mail was destroyed.
The crash shut down the I-64 ramp to Hurstbourne Parkway for several hours while crews worked to clear the accident.
A witness said he ran over to help extinguish the fire.
"You know I had the fire extinguisher and I was asking them 'is he out, you know is he out, is he out,' and they said 'he is out and that (the fire extinguisher) is not going to work anyway, get back, get back, get back.' And so, everybody was trying to flee at that time and all of this was happening very, very, very quickly," the witness said.
The driver of the semi escaped the accident without injury. 3
USPS officials said the mail on the truck was most likely tendered at the postal service Mon., May 20.
Customers who feel their mail may have been affected by the accident and fire should call the Postal Service Call Center at (800) 275-8777 for further assistance.
If a package was insured, a claim can be filed online at https://www.usps.com/ship/file-insurance-claims.htm or you may pick up a PS Form 1000 at your local Post Office.