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Pickup Truck Stolen in Vandalia Burns in Fire Northwest of Patoka

June 18, 2016

A pickup truck stolen in Vandalia is a total loss after burning in an apparent arson fire northwest of Patoka early Saturday morning.  

Patoka Fire Chief Blake Hyde says most of the fire had already burned out and just the shell of the vehicle owned by Tyler Meseke of Vandalia remained.  Hyde said it appeared the pickup was driving at a high rate of speed on Bond Street where it curves to join Boat Dock Road north of the Patoka Park when it missed the curve and went out of control.

Hyde said after running off one side of the road, the driver appeared to have overcorrected, ran off the other side of the road and then was straddling the roadside ditch when it became stuck.   There were signs of an effort to get the truck out of the ditch that were unsuccessful.   At that point, Hyde reports it appears gasoline was poured from the road and allowed to run to the truck where it caught fire.  

No one was around the pickup when firemen arrived just after 5:30 Saturday morning. Meseke had reported his truck stolen in Vandalia about an hour and a half earlier.    

An investigation into the theft and fire are continuing.   

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