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Garbage inside semitractor-trailer catches fire on Interstate 88 near Maple Park

Authorities escort smoldering truck to DeKalb County landfill

DeKALB – Illinois State Police and several fire agencies were called Monday morning after the contents of a semitractor-trailer hauling garbage caught fire on Interstate 88 near Maple Park.

Police and firefighters from DeKalb and Big Rock responded about 9:30 a.m. Monday to westbound I-88 near mile marker 101 for a truck fully engulfed in flames, DeKalb Deputy Fire Chief Jeff McMaster said.

“Somewhere, it caught enough to have some fire,” McMaster said.

Firefighters wet the flaming trash, which was contained to the back of the truck, on the side of the interstate until there was little risk that the fire would flare up again, McMaster said.

The driver, who was not injured in the incident, then drove the truck to the DeKalb County landfill, 18370 Somonauk Road, Cortland, after authorities determined it was safe to drive. The truck was already close to its destination, Trooper David Roman said.

Only one lane was shut down, while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames, Roman said.

Firefighters and police escorted the truck in case its contents caught fire again, and smoke could be seen coming from the back of the vehicle.

Firefighters from the Cortland Fire Department completely extinguished the garbage after it was unloaded in a secure area, McMaster said.

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