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No serious injuries in fiery crash

-Messenger photo by Kelby Wingert
A Dayton volunteer firefighter sprays down a 2021 Jeep Gladiator that caught fire after colliding with a 2019 Ford F-150 on Monday afternoon at 380th Street and Paragon Avenue.

DAYTON — A blown stop sign ended in a fiery crash in rural Webster County on Monday afternoon.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., a 2019 Ford F-150 was westbound on 380th Street when the driver failed to stop for the stop sign at Paragon Avenue, just west of Dayton. The truck was hit broadside by a 2021 Jeep Gladiator that was driving southbound on Paragon Avenue, according to Dayton Police Chief Nick Dunbar.

The vehicles came to a rest in the southwest ditch with the truck on its side. The Jeep caught fire, which then spread to the grass in the ditch and the truck. All occupants of the vehicles were able to escape without injury.

Dayton Fire Rescue was called to the scene to attend to the occupants and the fire that had spread. The Harcourt and Lehigh fire departments were also called in to assist.

The identities of those involved weren’t released Monday.

Pastor Kay Christie, chaplain for Dayton Fire Rescue, was on scene and expressed concern over passersby not slowing down as they drive by the crash.

“Drivers need to slow down when passing,” she said. “When they whiz by, they put the officers and first responders in danger.”

The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash. The Webster County Sheriff’s Office also assisted on scene.

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