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Truck ablaze on Main Street

Photo by Gail Joiner

A pickup truck that burst into flames by the Longhorn Saloon tied up traffic on North Main Street at approximately 2 pm, Thursday, Jan. 14. The vehicle was a total loss. According to Chief Deputy Matt King of the Bandera County Sheriff's Office, two unidentified men were taking the pickup for a test drive when a mechanical problem occurred. The men exited the burning vehicle but their cell phones and identification were destroyed. King said by the time his officers arrived on the scene to assist with traffic control, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames, making it impossible to identify the make of the vehicle or its license plate. "We had a hard time locating the owner of the pickup," King said. Assisting BCSO law enforcement officers were Cpl. Louis Moreno, Cpl. Kasey Young and Deputy Khristina Hoiberg. Responding volunteer fire departments included Bandera, Medina and Tarpley. "It was a real bit of bad luck for those guys in the truck," King said.