A truck carrying mail caught fire on Interstate 279 in Ohio Township early Monday morning, forcing crews to shut down the northbound lanes of the roadway for several hours.
Police said the driver of the truck blew a tire and then hit a guiderail, causing the truck to ignite near the Camp Horne Road exit. The driver was able to get out of the truck without injury.
Postal workers are sorting through the recovered packages.
The truck had left the Pittsburgh Processing and Distribution Center on the North Side and a tire caught fire about 3:30 a.m., U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Cathy Yarosky said.
The truck, which was carrying small parcels, was heading to the distribution center in Warrendale, she said. The recovered mail was taken to the center.
“We will look through every single piece and if we can make out an address, whether it’s the sender or the addressee, we will send that person whatever we can recover along with a note of explanation,” Yarosky said.
A hazmat crew was called to clean up diesel fuel that spilled out of the truck following the fire.
The roadway has since reopened.
Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.