Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Burning Snowplow

What you don't want to see this winter. (HT Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune)

Things like this don't just happen in the movies. From the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune:

"A municipal plow truck burst into flames while clearing snow in a Prior Lake neighborhood, sending the driver fleeing for safety.

The Scott County truck, while in the 2500 block of Spring Lake Road, caught fire about 3:45 p.m. Monday, said Fire Chief Doug Hartman. The driver saw the flames in his rear-view mirror, and "at that point he exited immediately," Hartman said. "He didn't feel he had time to grab the fire extinguisher."

The cause of the fire, which firefighters extinguished, has yet to be determined. But, "If I had to speculate, it very well could have been a hydraulic leak" that led to the flames, the chief said.

The spectacular fire left the driver "visibly shaken," said Hartman, who added that numerous witnesses took and provided him with photos. "He had a full tank of fuel. That's the reason there was a lot of fire."

That would've shook me up. Talk about an occupational hazard.

Background Intel:

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Snowplow burns in Prior Lake

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