An Australia Post truck has caught fire on the Hume Highway at Woomargama Friday morning.
Flames were seen spreading through the trailer on the side of the northbound lanes after it caught fire about 5am.
Rural Fire Service Superintendent Patrick Westwood said he believed a blown tyre may have contributed to causing the fire.
“It started a small grass fire next to the truck as well, but both were controlled and in hand by 6am,” he said
“I do believe the trailer had postage items in it … there was very little salvageable.”
An Australia Post spokesman confirmed the truck was carrying parcels and apologised to affected customers.
“We will commence sorting through the parcels when it is safe to do so and we will also review our machine scanning data to help us try to identify the damaged parcels and contact the senders,” he said.
“Fortunately and most importantly, nobody was hurt.
“The driver of the truck attempted to put out the fire however, it quickly became far too dangerous, and the trailer was destroyed.”
The driver managed to disconnect the trailer from his prime mover and was cleared of any injuries after being examined by paramedics.
Mr Westwood said six trucks with about 25 firefighters attended the incident along with Fire and Rescue and police.
“It just goes to show how well our crews can work together,” he said.
Authorities created a makeshift lane to allow traffic to continue at a slowed speed until the truck was recovered about 10.50am.
Customers who posted parcels in Victoria on Wednesday September 7 or 8 for NSW or Queensland can contact the customer contact centre on 13 13 18 from Monday for further information.
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