Garbage truck dumps load in northeast Austin intersection after catching fire

Trash pile at Parmer and Dessau (KXAN photo)
Trash pile at Parmer and Dessau (KXAN photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A garbage truck caught fire Thursday morning in northeast Austin and had to dump its load in the intersection.

It happened around 6 a.m. in the 12000 block of Dessau Road at Parmer Lane.

Authorities investigating said they did not know why the truck caught fire but had to close the intersection as crews figured out how to clear the trash.

Businesses nearby had Austin police block the entrances to their parking lots, as people were cutting through.

The fire was quickly extinguished. Clean up of the trash began around 8 a.m. and the road was reopened around 10 a.m.

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