How to find out if your package was destroyed on mail truck

A mail truck caught fire and destroyed its cargo. Here's what you can do to see if your mail was on it.

You have seen the pictures on social media and on WTSP.com -- A U.S. Postal Service semi-truck went up in flames on I-75 near Gainesville, after it hit a semi-truck.

This happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday.  According to the Gainesville Sun, the truck was heading from Memphis, Tenn., to Tampa. 

The fiery crash shut down a section of the interstate for several hours. Three people were treated for minor injuries.

 No word yet on what caused the accident, but nearly everything in the mail truck was destroyed. 

It's possible some of the cargo was Christmas presents bound for the Tampa Bay area.

The postal service says you can check if your mail was on that truck by heading to the tracking page on the USPS website.

Will all packages on that truck that were destroyed will be covered? We are waiting to hear back.

In the meantime, for anyone mailing anything this holiday, the only way to make sure you will be reimbursed if  a package is damaged or destroyed is to buy insurance.

Standard shipping insurance will cover up to $5,000 if your mail is damaged or destroyed. Registered mail will cover up to $50,000

Also, keep your shipping records -- from your receipts to the tracking numbers.

UPS covers at least $100 of packages cost for no cost. After that, you can buy insurance that will cover up to $50,000 a package

 

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