Mail truck overturns in Sherman Oaks CA crash

A mail truck flipped over and was knocked out of commission after it collided with an Audi sedan Thursday in Sherman Oaks.

The Audi struck the mail-delivery truck about 11:30 a.m. outside the Horace Heidt Apartments on Magnolia Boulevard, just west of Hazeltine Avenue, according to reports from the scene.

The letter carrier managed to climb out of her truck and was not injured, while the sedan driver had to be taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, said a photographer at the scene.

Source: Mail truck overturns in Sherman Oaks crash


Vehicle upgrades a crucial investment, USPS CFO says

LLV fleetReplacing the Postal Service’s delivery fleet is necessary to the organization’s future, Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett told a congressional panel May 21.

New vehicles will ensure USPS is able to fulfill its obligation to provide prompt, reliable and efficient services for the nation, he said.

“In order to effectively meet the needs of our customers and employees, the Postal Service must invest in and maintain its existing infrastructure, and our delivery fleet is a critical component,” Corbett said.

The CFO testified before the House Government Operations Subcommittee, which oversees postal matters.

USPS wants to secure new right-hand drive vehicles to “accommodate a diverse mail mix, enhance safety, improve service, reduce emissions and produce savings,” he said.

The current fleet has about 210,000 vehicles. These include Long Life Vehicles (LLVs), which had a “planned useful life” of approximately 24 years when USPS acquired them.

The operational efficiency, safety and technology are very outdated, Corbett said.

“Our current delivery vehicles are rapidly nearing the end of their useful life and it is now time to move into the future with a new generation of vehicles that will better serve customers, employees and the American public,” Corbett said.

The CFO’s testimony will be posted to the Newsroom site.

Source: USPS News Link Story – Moving into the future

Video: Mail truck catches fire along I-76 in Akron slowing the morning rush

I doubt I’m the only one who’s been thinking “gee- haven’t heard of any LLV’s bursting into flames recently”.

Wait no longer:

AKRON, Ohio – A United States Postal delivery truck caught fire this morning in Akron along Interstate 76 east near East Avenue around 7:10 a.m.

The driver told that she was transporting the delivery truck for maintenance when it began to smoke and caught fire.

She told that she had trouble getting the vehicle to the side of the road because other drivers would not slow down. Eventually she got to the side of the highway near the bottom of the East Avenue entrance ramp and got out of the burning truck uninjured.

Source: Mail truck catches fire along I-76 slowing the morning rush – Cleveland

Congressmen urge PMG to invest in a modern, efficient vehicle fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressmen Jared Huffman (D-CA), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), and Mark Takai (D-HI) yesterday sent a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) urging an investment in a modern and efficient Postal Service fleet as they begin the process of replacing their aging mail delivery vehicles.

The USPS owns and operates the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleet: 192,000 mail delivery vehicles that are driven 4.3 million miles per day. More than 141,000 are aging Grumman LLVs, which average only 10 miles per gallon. This vehicle first entered service in 1987, and the majority have reached the end of their 24-year operational lifespan. Fueling these vehicles comes at a high cost: in FY 2010, the petroleum fuel bill for all postal transportation totaled $1.7 billion. Since 2005, the USPS has marked a 6.4% increase in petroleum use. Continue reading

Pennsylvania: Yet Another LLV Goes Up in Flames

A United States Postal Service delivery truck went up in flames along a busy Montgomery County, Pennsylvania road Tuesday afternoon.

The truck caught fire just before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Route 309 and Greenwood Avenue in Wyncote, county dispatchers tell NBC10.

Thick black smoke and intense flames could be seen rising from the front of the small truck.

The driver was able to escape the vehicle without injury, officials said.

via Mail Truck Goes Up in Flames Along Montgomery County Road | NBC 10 Philadelphia.