JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two men were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a city garbage truck overturned and caught fire on Normandy Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The crash was reported about 2:30 p.m., just east of Yellow Water Road.
Troopers said the city garbage truck was traveling west on Normandy Boulevard behind another vehicle that slowed down to turn left onto Manning Cemetery Road.
According to the FHP report, the 37-year-old Jacksonville man driving the garbage truck did not slowdown in time and had to swerve off the road to avoid hitting the car in front of him.
The garbage truck then hit a culvert, overturned onto its side and caught fire, troopers said.
According to troopers, the driver of the garbage truck and the passenger, a 25-year-old Jacksonville man, were able to escape the blaze, but they suffered serious injuries and were both taken to UF Health hospital.
Sky4 aerials showed the fire was out and the charred truck was lying on its side along the edge of the road just after 3 p.m.
Normandy Boulevard was closed in both directions for several hours.
The Highway Patrol report lists a charge of careless driving.