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Garbage Truck Involved in Apparent Road Rage in Marshfield

Police believe that striking trash workers from Republic Services may have been inside a car

An apparent standoff between a car and a garbage truck caught on camera in Marshfield on Thursday comes amid a tense trash strike in the town.

The video, shot from a nearby house, seems to show a Republic Services trash truck forcing a sedan to reverse down Lynn Street, a narrow, dead-end road.

According to witnesses, however, the car had attempted to block the truck from leaving.

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"He was trying to get out he was trying to do his job and they were just sitting there," Marshfield resident Lenore Cochrane said, calling the people in the car the instigators.

Striking workers from Republic Services may have been in the car, according to police. They are investigating both drivers' actions.

Republic Services accused union workers of participating in an "intimidation campaign" against the company, writing in a statement on Thursday that the union "repeatedly threatened our Marshfield employees."

The trash workers' union, meanwhile, put the blame on Republic for "being reckless and having no regard for public safety."

Trash collectors from Republic Services have been striking for 64 days. The union has said they are seeking better health care and benefits.

Police are still trying to obtain a license plate on the car involved.

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