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Meat truck catches fire on Route 53 in Elwood

Photo from a truck fire in Elwood
Photo from a truck fire in Elwood

ELWOOD - A truck driver lost everything when his truck caught fire Friday on Route 53 in Elwood.

Police Chief Fred Hayes said the incident occurred at 7:30 a.m. while the semi-tractor was northbound on Route 53 shortly before Hoff Road.

"The driver, David Olson, 43, said he heard a loud noise then spotted flames before he hit the brakes," Hayes said.

Olson was able to escape with minor injuries, but the cab was soon engulfed in flames, which were extinguished by firefighters from Elwood and Wilmington. The truck was loaded with frozen meat products which had been picked up from a warehouse in Wilmington for delivery to California.

All northbound lanes were closed while the fire was being put out and traffic was redirected, Hayes said. Olson refused medical treatment.

"Mister Olson said he had been using the truck as his living quarters and lost all of his personal belongings in the fire," Hayes said.

Rendel's Towing Company used heavy-duty haulers to remove the truck and trailer from the road before the northbound lanes were reopened at 10:30 a.m.

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