Reports of Vehicle Fires Increase As Postal Service Fleet Ages

The postal service mail truck that caught fire earlier this week on Highway 12 in Wayzata was the latest to light up the night sky following an alarming trend around the country.

In this case, traffic management cameras captured the flames.

The carrier escaped the truck with injury, but the postal service said three containers of outgoing mail were destroyed.

There have been hundreds of fires in Grumman LLVs, or Long Life Vehicles, around the country over the years. LLVs were designed for the United States Postal Service, the primary user of the trucks.

“It’s like a tin can in a camp fire. These things go up quick,” said Tim Benson, who has worked as a mail carrier in Oklahoma for more than 12 years. ABC News Saint Paul, MN

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