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Abdi Abokor touches what used to be the truck he drove for Midwest Carrier while a state trooper examines the wreckage. Abokor was driving the 2002 Freightliner bound for Winona, Minn., when it caught fire Monday along Highway 52.

Driver escapes roadside blaze near Cannon Falls


LEON TOWNSHIP - Abdi Abokor knew he had to act quickly.

Heading south Monday morning on Highway 52 out of Cannon Falls, the Minneapolis man began to see and smell smoke rolling into the cab of the semi-trailer he was driving.

Abokor pulled the truck to the shoulder and got out with fire extinguisher in hand. He attempted to douse the blaze, but his fire extinguisher was no match for the flames.

Moments later, the truck was engulfed.

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