Monday, July 26, 2010

City Front End Loader (FEL) #24 Burns in Conflagration En Route to Landfill

Early this morning, Donald Duncan, CDL Driver for the Sanitation Department, was making a usual run to the Helena-West Helena-Regional Landfill when the truck began to burn from the engine. The design of this truck is such that the cab of the truck sits over the engine. Fortunately, Mr. Duncan escaped the blaze unharmed. The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined. 

The observation made by Fire Chief Reginald Wilson, Sanitation Supervisor Victor Jordan and Street Supervisor Oscar Hoskins is that the truck is likely a total loss. This truck was acquired during the administration of former Mayor Johnny Weaver and was used to pickup commercial dumpsters from various businesses, industries and agencies. The city had, including this truck, three (3) FELs: #24, #28 and #30.

Because of the size and weight of the truck, Moon's Wrecker was called by those on the scene to move the truck to the Ohio Street Shop for further processing including the removal of proper disposal of the waste that remains inside the rear compartment of the truck.

City mechanics and the Sanitation Supervisor have been directed to make every effort to assure that commercial waste continues to be picked up and delivered to the landfill in a timely and compliant manner. 



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