Less than 2 weeks before Christmas, this truck full of mail was destroyed

If you recently sent a Christmas gift in the mail, you might want to check its status.

If you've sent Christmas cards or gifts out in the mail within the past week, you might want to check its tracking number.

That's because a truck filled with mail from Minnesota and western Wisconsin went up in flames near Hudson on Tuesday, with the contents a total loss.

The remains of the truck were pictured by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on Twitter, which attended the scene on Interstate 94 just across the border from Minnesota.

According to KTTC, the truck was carrying U.S. Postal Service mail and packages from the Twin Cities distribution center in Eagan down to Chicago, with the load mainly consisting of "Priority Mail" packages, and also may have contained some First-Class mail.

There's a chance then that some Christmas gifts sent by Minnesotans to other parts of the country/world were among the items destroyed.

It's expected to have affected packages that will have arrived at the Twin Cities distribution center on either Monday or Tuesday, Dec. 12 and 13, so if you have a tracking number for your mail, the USPS suggests you check its status on its website here.

WKOW reports that mail centers in Eau Claire were "overwhelmed" with calls from residents after the fire.

"It was only packages and mail originating from here, not stuff coming to the area," Eau Claire Postmaster Jason Brain told the TV station. "Everything in the truck was lost. There was no mail that was saved."

The USPS says it delivers approximately 1.5 billion pieces of mail every holiday season.

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