Father, Son Used Snow to Put Out Fire in Crash Near Wyoming

March 10, 2018 07:11 PM

John Bowes had just picked up his son Friday to go to Wisconsin to ice fish over the weekend, when they came across a burning white work van on Viking Boulevard near Wyoming.

"Me and my son grabbed snow – kept throwing snow on the flames until the fire went out," he said.


Once the fire was down, Bowes said they tried to help the couple inside the van.

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"I was worried if anyone at the scene was going to make it," Bowes said. "I pulled the windshield out of one vehicle doing what I could to maybe speed things up for when the fire department and the jaws of life got there."

The white work van was headed eastbound towards Wyoming when it was involved in a head on collision with another vehicle, according to authorities.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office reported that a 60-year-old man from Lindstrom died at the scene. His passenger, a 59-year-old woman, was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The sheriff's office said early investigation into the crash suggests a SUV crossed the center line of the road and collided with the van.

The driver of the SUV, a 34-year-old woman, was taken by air ambulance to North Memorial Medical Center. Hospital staff reported she was in critical condition.

The crash remains under investigation by the Anoka County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.



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