Overturned truck spews mail on HWY 101

Magazines, flyers and other advertisements destined for a U.S. Postal Service office was retrieved today undamaged from an overturned truck in San Francisco, U.S. Postal Service officials said.

The first report of the crash came in at 9:57 a.m. on the Cesar Chavez Street off-ramp from southbound U.S. Highway 101, California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Anderson said.

The off-ramp reopened at 4:57 p.m., CHP officials said.

The mail was destined for a postal service office about one mile away and then to Bay Area residents, U.S. Postal Service Bay Area spokesman Augustine Ruiz said.

The mail wasn’t official mail since it had not made it to a postal service office, Ruiz said. A major mailer was delivery it to the office from Illinois, he said.

About a dozen postal service employees were dispatched to the crash site and helped collect the mail, Ruiz said.

The truck overturned after hitting one or more guardrails, CHP officer T.J. Shively said. The driver went to a hospital as a precaution and did not suffer any injuries, Shively said.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the crash, he said.