Garbage Truck Fire Closes Sandy Hollow Road

State troopers and Southampton Fire Department fire police closed down Sandy Hollow Road on Monday morning as firefighters extinguished a truck fire with 15-foot flames, according to fire personnel.

A driver of a Norsic garbage truck carrying a full load was just about to pull into the Norsic yard off Sandy Hollow Road in Southampton when he smelled smoke, Fire Chief Dennis Roy said. The driver pulled to the side of the road and got out; the front of the truck then caught fire. The hydraulic lines are suspected of being the problem.

First, Norsic employees attempted to put out the flames with 20 fire extinguishers, Roy said. The fire department was called in at 8:45 a.m. The flames grew as high as 10 and 15 feet and there were a few explosions too, Roy said.

Around 9:30 a.m., the fire department was getting ready to re-open the road.

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