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Garbage truck dumps load in busy Texas road

By
Ben Hooper

Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The morning commute was complicated for some Houston drivers Wednesday when a garbage truck dumped its load in the middle of a busy street.

Emergency officials said the garbage truck dumped its load of trash into the southbound lanes of TC Jester Boulevard during the morning rush hour Wednesday.

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The truck dumped the trash because something inside the vehicle had apparently caught fire, officials said.

Police were able to open one lane of traffic as cleanup efforts continued.

A waste disposal company in Indiana detailed a similar incident that occurred recently. Rumpke said a garbage truck driver in Bloomington had to dump his vehicle's load in a church parking lot when a fire was sparked by improperly disposed of batteries.

"Unfortunately, it isn't uncommon for our trash trucks to catch on fire from flammable items placed in the garbage," said Bridgett Biggs, Rumpke area safety manager, told WTHR-TV. "We experience numerous truck fires each year, which put our employees and the general public at risk."

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