- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 6, 2006


A trash truck caught fire on Interstate 395 yesterday afternoon, forcing the closure of the southbound lanes during the evening rush hour.

The interstate was closed near the Sanger Avenue overpass, with traffic backing up to the Pentagon.

Virginia State Police were notified at 4:32 p.m.

The fire began in the back of the fully loaded trash truck and soon engulfed the vehicle. It was not known what started the blaze.

The fire was quickly controlled with foam, but trash in the back continued to smolder and flare for almost two hours.

Witnesses reported hearing two explosions, but officials later said the sounds were of the truck’s tires popping.

After being blocked for an hour and 45 minutes, the left lanes were opened briefly, then closed again to allow a tow truck through. The tow truck, however, was forced to wait for the trash to stop burning. Three hours later, the truck was finally removed and the road re-opened.

Authorities said there were no injuries.

Northbound lanes on I-395 were slowed by rubberneckers and by an accident at Shirlington.

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