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Senior center van burns on road; no injuries
The sole occupant of this 2002 Dodge Caravan escaped unharmed after the vehicle owned by the Lander Senior Citizens Center caught fire about 10 miles south of Riverton. Photo by Pat Newlin

Senior center van burns on road; no injuries

Jan 16, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

No one was injured Tuesday when a Lander Senior Citizens Center vehicle caught fire on Wyoming Highway 789, about 10 miles south of Riverton.

Center director Jane Nolde said the driver was the only occupant of the 2002 Dodge Caravan, which was headed toward Lander at about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday when its power shut off.

"It started smoking," Nolde said Wednesday.

She said the driver pulled over to the side of the road and took shelter with a passing motorist who had stopped to help.

"The driver went and stayed in the vehicle quite a ways away," Nolde said. "We're grateful for that."

Meanwhile, she said, black smoke started rolling out of the Caravan's engine compartment, and flames eventually appeared as well.

Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze, and Nolde said the Caravan was towed from the scene.

Nolde wasn't sure what caused the fire, and she said an investigation is ongoing into the incident. The senior center owns other vehicles, but Nolde said the loss of the Caravan will have an impact.

"It does cut us back for public transportation," she said.

The Lander Senior Citizens Center offers transportation services to individuals on an as-needed basis.

For more information call 332-2746.

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