Pickup truck bursts into flames

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On Thursday, Jan. 14, at 10:24 a.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a pickup truck fire on County Highway C, two miles east of Star Valley in Utica Township.

Allen Margan, 48, of Rewey,  was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup east on County C, pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with large round hay bales. The engine compartment started on fire. Margan was able to get the pickup stopped and exited the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames.

Margan and his passenger, Eli Bontrager, 24, of Fennimore, escaped injury.

The pickup sustained total fire damage. The trailer and hay did not sustain any damage.

Assisting at the scene were the Soldiers Grove Fire Department, the North Crawford Rescue Squad and Terry’s Tire and Tow.

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