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Pickup truck burns in fire along I-57 near Route 161 exit  

Pickup truck burns in fire along I-57 near Route 161 exit  

A Farina man escaped injury when his pickup truck sustained a mechanical problem under the cab and caught fire Saturday night.

Kell Fire Chief Lonnie McDaneld says David Matheny was traveling northbound on I-57 at mile marker 108 and a half when the fire started.  He was able to pull off the highway where the fire spread to a grassy area.

McDaneld says the 2005 pickup received an estimated $4,000 in fire damage.  The grass fire was confined to a small area.

Northbound I-57 was reduced to one lane during firefighting efforts.

The fire call came in at 7:01 Saturday night.