LONDONDERRY — A letter carrier was hospitalized after the mail truck she was driving on Forest Road caught fire on Monday afternoon.

It took firefighters about 10 minutes to extinguish the blaze, according to Battalion Chief Mike McQuillen. An investigation showed the fire started in the motor, he said Monday night.

“The driver smelled something funny and stopped,” McQuillen said.

The cab filled with smoke. Flames erupted from under the hood and engulfed the vehicle by the time Engine 4 arrived, according to McQuillen.

The fire was reported at 1:56 p.m. Officials said the driver was able to get out safely, but was transported to Parkland Medical Center in Derry to be treated for smoke inhalation.

At one point, the vehicle began to roll down the street.

“As (the vehicle) burned, the transmission and the brakes went, causing it to roll backwards,” McQuillen said.

A mailbox and a trash barrel at 60 Forest St. — about 35 feet away — were knocked over as a result.

A U.S. Postal Service worker on the scene was unable to comment on how the burned mail inside would be handled.

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