Mail truck fire on the Everett Turnpike shuts down southbound lane; driver and mail both safe

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The driver of this truck was not injured when fire broke out Sunday while traveling on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

NASHUA, NH – It may be true that neither snow nor rain nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep a postal carrier from making their appointed rounds, but fire is another matter. On Sunday just after 11 a.m. a mail truck traveling south the Everett Turnpike Sunday was forced to pull over when the vehicle caught fire.

Nashua Fire Rescue responded to the scene between Exits 7 and 6 for a reported vehicle fire. When fire crews arrived there was a substantial fire in the engine compartment and under the vehicle. Crews stretched a hose line and quickly knocked down the fire.

The driver escaped the vehicle before the fire spread and was not injured.

There were limited items in the vehicle and they were safely removed.

The right lane to the southbound lane was closed for about 30 minutes. D&R Towing removed the vehicle from the scene.

A similar incident happened back in March when a mail truck became engulfed on the Everett Turnpike near Exit 4.