Garbage on freeway lead to traffic delays in Jefferson County
Jaclyn Brandt with Jay Sorgi
JOHNSON CREEK - A garbage truck caught fire Friday causing a mess on I-94 in Jefferson County.
"There was a reported fire on the truck, and the driver lost his entire load of garbage on the road," according Sgt. Greg Jenswold.
It was later found that the fire was actually a tire blow-out, but the driver saw the smoke and assumed the fire was in the cargo area. He then intentionally offloaded the garbage to avoid the load catching fire, according to Sgt. Jenswold.
The garbage landed in the right lane of eastbound I-94.
"I don't know that I've ever seen an entire load of garbage on the freeway," Jenswold said. "I've seen boats, and other objects, like animals. But not garbage."
Traffic delays were reported on eastbound I-94.
Just before 1:45 p.m. Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that the back-up on the road was about four miles long.
Crews cleared the scene at about 2:30 p.m.