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Post Office says accident means some mail for Klickitat County may go missing

 


The U.S. Postal Service Friday announced that a fiery traffic accident in Portland on May 20 will result in missing mail for much of the Columbia Gorge area, including Goldendale and other locations in Klickitat County.

Late in the evening last Wednesday in Portland, a postal contractor’s tractor-trailer transporting packages shipped from several Oregon postal facilities was hit head-on by a van. The collision killed the van driver and set the vehicles on fire. The driver of the USPS-contracted truck was rescued from the cab by a pair of good Samaritans and was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The USPS says today it was determined that nearly all of the packages being transported inside that truck’s trailer were destroyed or heavily damaged in the resulting fire, which melted a portion of the trailer.

"To customers whose mail was impacted by Wednesday’s incident, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding and patience," the USPS said in a statement released Friday. "The Postal Service is in the process of retrieving all items in the truck that can be recovered and will notify any senders whose addresses are identifiable with instructions on how to file a claim for any loss that may have resulted in this incident. However, many packages in the trailer no longer have identifiable addresses."

Mail delivery areas affected by the accident include Astoria, Hood River, Hubbard, McMinnville, Sherwood, and The Dalles in Oregon; and Battle Ground, Goldendale, Lyle, and White Salmon in Washington.

"If you have questions about a package you mailed on May 20th or need details on how to file a claim if a package you mailed was damaged or destroyed in this incident," the USPS statement continued, "contact the Postal Service’s Marketing Department at (503) 294-2305, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Information on filing claims is also available at the Postal Service’s website: http://www.usps.com/help/claims.htm."

 

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