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Garbage​ truck bursts into flames in Midtown, 2 injured

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The garbage truck that bursts into flames in Midtown.
The garbage truck that bursts into flames in Midtown. PHOTO: STEPHEN C. HAMILTON.

Midtown, Manhattan- A fire started in the back of a  garbage truck this afternoon, leaving two workers with minor injuries, according to authorities.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:15 PM on 45th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.  After arriving on the scene, firefighters quickly extinguished the flames, according to FDNY officials.

Witnesses stated that the fire may have started when workers were trying to compress the trash in the back of the truck.

Traffic was briefly stopped while firefighters put the blaze under control.