Garbage Truck Catches Fire on I-84 East in Hartford

Traffic was a mess on Interstate 84 East in Hartford Friday morning when trash in the back of a garbage truck caught fire during morning rush hour.

Fire started around 8:30 a.m. in the back of a truck that was hauling around a ton of garbage.

“That’s a huge fire load inside the back of the truck, so anything that could ignite it would create a bigger scene than what we normally deal with,” Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz, of the Hartford Fire Department, said.

Officials said it took around half an hour to put out the fire.

No one was injured, but the truck was near exit 46, a busy section of the highway, when the fire started and there were backups because of it.

The truck had to be towed from the scene.

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