Indiana garbage truck rams into overpass, explodes in fiery blast

A witness said the driver walked away from the truck after the flames died down

The driver of a garbage truck is lucky to be alive after the truck slammed into an overpass in Indiana, causing the vehicle to burst into a great ball of fire. 

The dramatic video captures the blue truck driving along East New York Street in Indianapolis, Indiana just before 8 a.m during Monday morning's rush hour traffic.

The Indianapolis Metro Police Department and Indianapolis Fire Department extinguished the fire and no one was seriously injured.

The Indianapolis Metro Police Department and Indianapolis Fire Department extinguished the fire and no one was seriously injured. (Mark Salcedo Jr via Storyful)

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The truck is seen heading toward the concrete overpass before the top of the truck slams in to the bridge, seconds later the truck explodes into a massive blaze.

The operator of the truck was not identified, but the truck was owned by Republic Trash

The garbage truck burst into a massive fireball after slamming into a concrete overpass in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The garbage truck burst into a massive fireball after slamming into a concrete overpass in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Mark Salcedo Jr via Storyful)

Miraculously, the driver lived to breathe another day, walking away from the truck after the flames died down. 

Mark Salcedo Jr., whose family owns the nearby Superior Towing business, told FOX 59 that truck drivers commonly underestimate vehicle height and collide with the bottom of this overpass — which only has an 11-foot, 8-inch clearance. 

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Calm before the storm: dramatic video captures the garbage truck driving along East New York Street in Indianapolis just before 8am on Monday.

Calm before the storm: dramatic video captures the garbage truck driving along East New York Street in Indianapolis just before 8am on Monday. (Mark Salcedo Jr via Storyful)

He told Fox 59 that he was home getting ready for work when the impact of the crash caused his house to shake. He said it was so forceful it almost knocked him over.

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The Indianapolis Police Department and Indianapolis Fire Department rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire. No one was seriously hurt, and the bridge was later closed for inspection.