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Explosive may have set truck on fire; police say crash being investigated

WINNIPEG — A truck fire that sent four people to hospital over the weekend may have been caused by an explosive.

Neighbours heard people screaming and saw a burst of flames when the truck caught fire and crashed into a fire hydrant on Saturday.

Nick Chastellaine says his girlfriend, cousin and friend were in the truck.

He says his girlfriend found a backpack on the hood of another car in a nearby convenience store parking lot and took it inside the truck.

But when they drove away, disaster struck, leading him to think there was some kind of explosive in the bag.

Police won't say what caused the fire and won't say whether a backpack was involved, but will say the major crimes unit is involved.

"It goes without saying it’s not just a motor vehicle collision," said Const. Rob Carver.

Emergency crews showed up on scene within minutes and extinguished the blaze and assisted the victims. Neighbours tell CTV News one of the men from the truck was on on fire and had to rip off his clothing.

Chastellaine says his cousin is out of hospital but says the other three are still being treated for serious burns.

(CTV Winnipeg)

 

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