Fire engulfs truck after one-vehicle wreck on Route 240 (Updated at 4:22 p.m. Oct. 31)

Monday, October 31, 2011
Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers investigate a crash on Route 240 near Gilliam while Slater firefighter work to extinguish the fire Oct. 31.(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

Just before 12:30 p.m., fire fully engulfed a 1998 Dodge pick-up Monday afternoon, Oct. 31. After the vehicle overturned on Route 240 near Gilliam, it charred a utility pole and began spreading across a field.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, driver Dennis Page, 54, traveled off the right side of the road and struck a culvert, causing it to overturn and catch on fire.

A line of traffic congested the highway, as Slater Fire Department, Slater EMS and Saline County Ambulance District 3 were on scene, in addition to the Highway Patrol. Page and a passenger, Carolyn A. Harris, 59, both sustained minor injuries and were transported to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment, according to the report.

(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

The cause of the wreck is not yet known. The investigation continues.

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