Updated: York bin lorry driver ‘prevents a major incident’ by jettisoning burning rubbish onto road
A road in York closed by a fire has now reopened.
This morning (Saturday), burning rubbish from a waste collection lorry was ejected onto York Road, Acomb. It blocked the road close to the junction with Carr Lane.
Police and fire services and City of York Council workers have been to clear up the scene.
One witness, Faye Grosvenor, said: “It looks like something had caught fire inside the rubbish truck so they had opened it up and let it fall on to the road. We were just driving towards Wetherby Road when we had to get past it.”
On Twitter, City of York Council said: “This morning in Front Street, Acomb, some material on the back of the electric bin wagon caught fire. This was on a commercial round.
“Our driver reacted quickly and ejected part of the load into the street to prevent a major incident. All staff are safe and unharmed.
“The vehicle appears to be okay but will be fully checked over. The Fire Service have been in attendance as have Waste and Highways to recover all tipped material and clear up.”
At 11.59am, the council added: “Update: all waste has now been cleared and the road has been swept. The road is now open.”
And they said: “Our sincere apologies for any problems caused.”