Garbage truck explodes outside Bristol Elementary School

BRISTOL, Ind. (WNDU) A garbage truck exploded next to Bristol Elementary School on Friday morning, and the cause is under investigation.

It happened during a routine trash pickup at around 10 a.m.

No students or staff were injured by the explosion, and classes continued as normal.

The driver of the garbage truck was able to walk away after the explosion, but the Elkhart Community Schools superintendent believes the man is going to be checked out at the hospital.

Dr. Robert Haworth, the superintendent, is not aware of neighbors being injured.

"Not aware, but it would not surprise me if damage may have been done to windows (of nearby homes). The proximity is less than 40 yards from where the trash truck was, so it wouldn’t surprise me if there was some minor damage to their property," said Haworth.

Russ Cook, a Bristol resident, witnessed the explosion from his patio.

"As (the garbage truck driver) was driving out, it just boom, exploded!" exclaimed Cook. "It was eerie because it came to a stop. Black smoke was rolling -- just something like you see on TV."

A fellow truck driver, Cook ran to the driver of the garbage truck.

"He said he was okay. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it," Cook remarked.

This is a developing story. We'll post updates as we learn more.


Photo credit: Michail
Photo credit: Michail