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County snowplow goes up in flames

March 4, 2014

Shown is the charred remains of a county snowplow vehicle which caught fire Sunday. The driver escaped uninjured. Photo by Mike Lamm

    “We had the privilege of plowing some more snow yesterday,” Adams County Highway Department Superintendent Mark Mitchel quipped when beginning his report to the Adams County Commissioners at their regular weekly meeting in the Service Complex Monday afternoon.
    Mitchel informed commissioners highway crews had been dispatched at 8 a.m. Sunday morning to begin clearing county roadways of the most recent four inches of snow which fell on the local area, but added he was able to pull the crews by 3 p.m. when the predicted winter storm stayed further south and failed to materialize in northeast Indiana.
    But while the weather gave the county a break from its seasonal onslaught, Mitchel reported some “tough luck” of a different kind, as a highway department truck caught fire Sunday and was completely destroyed in the blaze. Luckily, the driver of the truck escaped injury in the incident, Mitchel stated.
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