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Garbage truck suspected in Iowa hit-and-run; driver arrested

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Deputies in eastern Iowa had to chase down a garbage truck suspected in a hit-and-run crash that injured one person, and the truck’s driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said.

The crash happened Monday, when a car on U.S. Highway 30 in Cedar Rapids that had slowed for a funeral procession was rear-ended by a garbage truck, television station KCRG reported. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said the garbage drove off from the crash and didn’t stop until deputies were able to pull it over.

The driver of the garbage truck, Robert Truax, 61, of Marion, was arrested and charged with a second-offense operating while intoxicated and following too closely, officials said.

The driver of the car hit was treated at a hospital for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.