New Shreveport CNG trash truck scrapped by fire

Published: Jul. 10, 2014 at 6:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2014 at 6:58 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - One of Shreveport's newer CNG-fueled trash trucks has itself been trashed by a fire that damaged it so heavily it will now likely be used for parts.

It happened Thursday morning near McWillie St. and Woodrow St., about a block from the city's public works yard. The driver says he was just about to leave on a route when he smelled smoke.  He was able to escape the burning truck unharmed.

Shreveport Public Works Director Stan Harris says the truck, which cost taxpayers $240,000, was among the newest additions to the city's trash collection fleet.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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