by Jim Boyle
A 64-year-old St. Paul man was driving along Highway 10 in eastern Elk River Tuesday, May 1, when he began to see smoke and flames coming out from underneath the hood of his vehicle.
When he tried to stop, his brakes did not work. He then coasted to a stop on the shoulder of the westbound highway in the area of Einsminger Automotive and the Antique Clock Doc repair shop.
Elk River Fire responded at about 12:35 p.m. and put out the fire, but the vehicle was destroyed.
The primary Elk River Police officer on the scene contacted a relative of the driver who came and picked him up. The Minnesota State Highway Patrol also assisted at the scene.
Later that same day a truck had been losing rocks near the intersection of Highway 169 and Main Street. Elk River Police responded and directed traffic while the landscaping material was cleaned up.
The incident caused quite a back up in traffic in the northbound lane of Highway 169 about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.