INSIDE EDITION INVESTIGATES: WHY ARE HUNDREDS OF POSTAL TRUCKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SPONTANEOUSLY BURSTING INTO FLAMES?
INSIDE EDITION INVESTIGATES:
WHY ARE HUNDREDS OF POSTAL TRUCKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SPONTANEOUSLY BURSTING INTO FLAMES?
AN INSIDE EDITION INVESTIGATION FINDS MORE THAN 400 MAIL TRUCKS IN THE PAST SIX YEARS HAVE SUDDENLY CAUGHT FIRE
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New York, NY – September 16, 2020 – Homeowners along a quiet, tree-lined street watched in horror as a mail truck suddenly becomes engulfed in flames; a scene that has been playing out in neighborhoods nationwide. In an exclusive report airing on Wednesday, INSIDE EDITION investigates why mail trucks across the country are spontaneously catching fire.
Mary and Peter Frey watched as a mail truck outside their home abruptly burst into flames. As flames sprayed their lawn, they were terrified their mailman may be stuck inside.
“I jumped up from the table, I went to the door and look out and see this mail truck on fire,” Mr. Frey tells INSIDE EDITION. “It was the cabin of it just in flames, so I ran out the door to see if the mail carrier was in the vehicle.”
Fortunately, no one was inside the truck. But INSIDE EDITION has found that mail trucks have been bursting into flames across the country – from Belmont, Calif. to the suburbs of Boston. In the last six years, more than 400 mail trucks have caught fire.
“They’re putting people at risk,” says Sean Kane, a leading expert in automotive safety. “They’re putting the driver at risk, and they’re putting property at risk.”
A home security camera captured a truck in Kansas City, Mo. turning into a rolling ball of fire, as it skids down a snow-covered street in reverse and nearly crashes into a house. The truck explodes as fire fighters attempt to extinguish the blaze.
“Looking at these videos, you can see that these fires are starting at the back of the engine area and really right in front of the driver,” Kane tells INSIDE EDITION.
Why are so many of these mail trucks spontaneously bursting into flames? Kane says one possible cause is that the trucks are part of an aging fleet, many of them more than 30-years-old. Right now, there are 140,000 of these trucks still on the road.
"The cause and origin in most of these cases as you can see is undetermined,” Kane tells INSIDE EDITION. “You can't ignore the age of these vehicles. That appears to be a significant factor in what is happening"
The United States Postal Service told INSIDE EDITION, “The safety of our employees is of the utmost importance.” It says it is planning to replace the trucks and has, “implemented mandated maintenance schedules and preventative maintenance inspection procedures for the existing postal service fleet.”
The House of Representatives has approved $6 billion dollars to replace the entire fleet of trucks that have been catching fire, but the bill has been sitting in the Senate since July.
For Inside Edition’s full report, tune in on Wednesday, September 16th. Check local listings for times and stations in your area.
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