A city of Newark refuse worker suffered minor injuries Friday when the garbage truck he was driving caught fire on southbound Interstate 95.
The fire was reported just after 1 p.m. near the Del. 273 interchange, according to Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale, a spokesman for Delaware State Police.
The worker, Marshall T. Washington, 60, was taken to Christiana Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
City spokesman Ricky Nietubicz said Washington seemed OK and was hospitalized mostly as a precaution.
The truck, a 2006 International garbage truck, is one of four refuse vehicles the city is already planning to replace. The 2016 budget that city council approved Monday included $1 million for new trucks.
Earlier this year, council rejected a controversial plan to outsource refuse collection to a private company and sell off the city’s fleet of garbage trucks.
Nietubicz said the city is still investigating what caused the fire, how badly the truck was damaged and how long it will be out of service.