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The items were headed to Menphis.

The items were headed to Menphis.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) –  Mail was found scattered along 65 miles of St. Louis-area interstate highways after falling out of a contractor’s truck on its way to Tennessee.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says mail and boxes were found along southbound lanes of Interstates 270 and 55 Sunday morning.

U.S. Postal Inspector Dan Taylor says the mail fell out of the back of a truck that was taking the items to Memphis.

Taylor says the driver realized the rear door was open in St. Genevieve County and stopped.

The mail was reported to the Missouri State Highway Patrol around 7:30 a.m.

A Highway Patrol spokesman says all of the mail was collected by around 10:30 a.m.

OUR EARLIER STORY:

Miles and miles of Interstate 55 and a part of I-270 had to be restricted early Sunday, while police picked up hundreds of pieces of mail.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum says a motorist notified police around 6:30 in the morning. He explains what part law enforcement played after that, “The U.S. Postal Service will be sorting it out. Basically, we just were gathering the mail all morning and into the afternoon, trying to get it in one spot for them to pick up.”

Nothum says there were many boxes and envelops, however, it’s not known how the mail got on the highway.

A postal inspector will handle the investigation and provide information about what happens next.

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