Stinky situation: Trash in garbage truck catches fire in Herrin

Published: Sep. 18, 2015 at 10:25 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2015 at 11:12 AM CDT
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HERRIN, IL (KFVS) - Firefighters in Herrin, Il. responded to an stinky call early Friday morning when the trash inside of a garbage truck caught fire.

It all happened just after 5 a.m. near the corner Rushing Drive and Rt. 148.

The driver said he noticed flames coming out of the back of his trash truck and pulled over. He said he dumped the trash out of the truck into an empty lot to keep the truck from catching fire.

When fire crews arrived, they found the large pile of trash engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly

The driver did not suffer any injuries, and the garbage truck was not damaged.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

The driver says they may never know the cause of the fire. While trash fires aren't common, the driver says these things can happen.

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