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Quick Thinking Saves Trash Truck from Burning

By: Michael Greeley
Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013

Quick thinking by an Allied Waste Services driver saved a $300,000 trash truck from burning says Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin. 

The Branson Fire Department responded to a report of a trash truck on fire in the city shortly after 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. That call came in after the driver of the truck noticed smoke coming from the truck’s compactor and dropped its contents onto the roadway. The driver attempted to use an extinguisher to put out the flames. Fire Chief Ted Martin…

Quick Thinking Saves Trash Truck from Burning – Michael Greeley

Martin says there were no injuries and the truck received minimal damage. He says firefighters used a backhoe from a resort to in bring sand from the nearby golf course to filter the water runoff to keep trash and contaminates from entering the Lake Taneycomo water system. 

Cleanup crews cleared the roadway as they loaded trash debris into commercial dumpsters. There was no property damage and no injuries.

Photo - Branson Fire Department battling trash fire at Pointe Royale Pictured is Captain Doug Orle and firefighter Don Gregory (photo by Branson Fire Department)

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