A stretch of westbound US 6 closed in Golden Monday morning after a garbage truck caught fire – and the only way to put it out was to dump a huge pile of trash onto the road.
That’s according to a Facebook post from the city of Golden, which said the closure is from Heritage Road to 19th Street.
The fire was first reported at around 9:30 a.m., when multiple drivers called 911 and said they saw smoke coming from a Waste Management truck, according to Karlyn Tilley, a spokesperson for Golden Fire.
The driver did not know that his load was on fire, Tilley said, and Golden fire trucks later met him on the road and tried to extinguish the blaze.
This, however, proved unsuccessful and crews then had to dump all the smoldering trash onto the road and use foam to extinguish the fire once and for all.
Waste Management then had to come to the scene to help clean up the trash and move it off the busy highway.
The fire is not believed to be intentional.