Montville Mail May Be Lost in Truck Fire

State agency working to help residents whose mail never made it to government offices.

The state Department of Treasury is working to assist residents in many Morris County towns whose mail, sent to government offices between Sept. 7 and Sept. 10, burned in a truck fire last month.

Affected zip codes begin with 070 to 076, 078, 079, 088 and 089. 

All of the mail that was on the truck on Sept. 11 was destroyed in the accident near Hightstown on the New Jersey Turnpike when the truck carrying it burst into flames, according to a press release sent out by Gov. Chris Christie's office.

"The U.S. Postal Service now says the blaze and resulting firefighting efforts destroyed nearly every piece of mail on board. The truck was carrying one day’s worth of mail to a variety of locations in Central New Jersey, including letters and packages bound for some state government offices in Trenton and the surrounding area," the press release said.

The driver of the truck carrying the mail was killed, NorthJersey.com reported.

While Montville's zip code begins with 070, Montville Post Office Postmaster Elizabeth DeVincenzo said the township has not received any complaints yet from residents about mail that did not reach its destination.

"There's nothing that I have heard of as of yet," she said.

DeVincenzo said residents would typically call to report lost mail in this type of situation if they felt they were affected.

Pine Brook Post Office Postmaster Andy DeVincenzi said none of his customers have complained either.

"The only customers I have are the P.O. box customers and I haven't heard any complaints from them," he said.

The governor's office has ordered that all state agencies assist residents who may have been affected.

"We're making arrangements to try to help out people whose mail was destroyed in this unfortunate fire," Bill Quinn, spokesperson for the state Department of Treasury said. "If people had payments that were due, we're extending the deadline on that until at least Oct. 15."

To find a state agency you might have mailed, visit the state website here and click on the appropriate agency's link or call the governor's Constituent Relations Office at 609-777-2500.

Ariana Cohn-Sheehan October 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Eric, the mail was en route to government offices. If payments were made, those would not have been processed, although the state is granting an extension in such circumstances.
Chris October 03, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Um... I think it would be the people sending mail that would be the people complaining. But, I hear ya. Most mail sent these days is just junk mail anyway. And I am sure that people won't bat an eye at truckload of lost junk mail.
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