BREAKING NEWS: Trash truck's brakes go out smoking through intersection

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

New Haven, Mo. – Late Tuesday afternoon a trash truck’s brakes went out and no way for the driver to stop.  He barreled through the intersection of Melrose and Maupin Street, somehow managing to keep from crashing into a house, as he was able to maneuver between two neighboring homes.

The truck knocked out electric and phone lines between the two houses, nearly taking out a fire hydrant. 

New Haven/Berger Fire and New Haven EMS responded to the accident at 4:16 p.m.  When they arrived the trash truck was located behind a home across from Melrose Street.

According to one resident who lives between Douglas Street and Short Street, he saw the trash truck increasing speeds as it flew past his house traveling what seemed 40 to 50 p.m.

The driver of the trash truck was uninjured.  He said that he actually considered jumping out of the truck at one time.  However, by him staying in the truck he prevented the accident from what could have been tragic.

The City’s Public Work’s Department also responded to the scene to assist as well as the New Haven Police Department.

The Driver was uninjuried.

Ameren UE has been contacted to repair the power lines.