A picture of the Australian Post truck north of Ocean Shores on the 18th December 2011. This photo was taken at approx 0630 hours.
A picture of the Australian Post truck north of Ocean Shores on the 18th December 2011. This photo was taken at approx 0630 hours. Kalindi Starick

Postal van fire 'unusual'

AUSTRALIA Post spokeswoman Mel Ward said Sunday's postal truck fire on the Pacific Highway at Crabbes Creek was highly unusual and it was hoped anyone who had lost goods would be compensated.

Ms Ward said from time to time postal boxes were set on fire by vandals, but she had never heard of a postal truck catching on fire.

The truck which was carrying Christmas gifts, cards and letters was not an Australia Post-owned vehicle but one of the many contracted to transport the extra volumes of mail posted over the Christmas period.

Ms Ward said anyone who was expecting a parcel from Perth should wait to see if it arrived and if it didn't they should log it as a missing item.

Postal goods which were registered were immediately covered by insurance.

However, Ms Ward said Australia Post would look into the possibility of compensating people who had lost goods on the truck which were not registered.

Ms Ward said the incident served as an example of why people should register their mail.

The cause of the fire is still to be determined but it is understood it began in the engine and quickly engulfed the B-double.

The truck caught on fire shortly before 6am on Sunday and was completely destroyed.

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