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Garbage truck catches fire, driver gets out safe in Rockford

A garbage truck catches fire under a train track bridge near 15th and Broadway in Rockford.
A garbage truck catches fire under a train track bridge near 15th and Broadway in Rockford.(Rockford Fire Department)
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 2:21 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A garbage driver is okay after getting out in time as the garbage truck being driven caught fire in Rockford Tuesday afternoon.

Both the Rockford Police and Rockford Fire Departments responded to the scene at 15th and Broadway where the truck was under the train tracks.

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The tracks where the truck caught fire are owned by Union Pacific and are shut down until further notice. Officials also say a bridge inspector has been called.

The area will be closed for several hours while police are on the scene. Drivers are advised to find an alternate route in the meantime.

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