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Vehicle crashes, burns in Beldenville

Firefighters extinguish flames in an SUV after it crashed into a tree Thursday, March 29, on Highway 65 in Beldenville. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia

A Minnesota man was injured last week after a vehicle left the road, crashed and burst into flames in Beldenville.

Pierce County deputies and Wisconsin State Patrol troopers responded to the crash at 4:34 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at W7768 Highway 65.

Troopers said the driver, 21-year-old Clayton Elkins, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for his injuries.

According to the State Patrol, Elkins, of Effie, Minnesota, was southbound on Highway 65 when his SUV left the road, struck a driveway embankment and went airborne, eventually striking a tree. The vehicle then caught fire.

The crash remained under investigation this week, troopers said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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