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Driver unhurt after SUV hits tree, bursts into flames

April 5, 2007 News Extra

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MARION TWP — Awinter weather encore could be to blame for a fiery crash this morning on Route 308, authorities said.

An unidentified Slippery Rock man managed to escape injury. However, theDodge Durango he was driving was destroyed in the fire.

Investigators suspect a trace of spring snow that fell overnight made the road a bit slick, and possibly caused the driver to lose control of his sport utility vehicle.

The man was traveling north on Route 308 about 5:30 a.m. and rounding a sharp bend when the SUVwent off the road and hit nearly head-on a tree in a yard.

The vehicle spun around and ended in a driveway at the home of Garry and Kathy Dillaman. The Durango burst into flames.

The sound of metal hitting tree abruptly awakened the Dillamans.

"Within seconds, we heard the doorbell,"Kathy Dillaman said. "It was the driver. He seemed OK; he didn't appear to be hurt."

The driver said he was on his way to work when he crashed.

Ahalf-dozen firefighters in two trucks quickly arrived and in 10 minutes put out the blaze, said Cap. Joe Fitzgerald of the Marion Township Volunteer Fire Company.

ASuperior Ambulance paramedic examined the driver to make sure he was not injured.

State police are also investigating the crash; a police report was not available this morning.

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