A trash truck erupted in flames Monday in Temecula, causing a liquid propane tank to explode, hurling debris into nearby fire engines and injuring one person.
The vehicle fire was reported about 10:35 a.m. at the intersection of Butterfield Stage and Rancho California roads, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
Multiple engine crews arrived to find the trash truck fully engulfed, prompting a full closure of the intersection.
The driver escaped from the rig unharmed.
As firefighters were pouring water on the blaze, the truck’s propane tank exploded, and pieces of metal and other debris went in all directions, according to reports from the scene.
One bystander suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. No firefighters were hurt. However, two fire engines sustained minor damage, authorities said.
Crews got the blaze under control less than a half-hour later.
As of 1:15 p.m., the intersection remained closed, as crews were continuing to mop up. It was expected to open by 3 p.m.
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