Officials: Runaway car sparks grass fires in Medina
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MEDINA, Tenn. — Investigators say a car fleeing the scene of a wreck caused quite the mess Tuesday evening in Gibson County. Burned grass could be seen along the sides of Highway 152 and Highway 45 in Medina. The fire department said more than 10 grass fires were reported along the busy roads just before 5 p.m. Investigators said a car damaged in a wreck in Madison County fled the scene and sent sparks flying across the roadway, eventually crashing in a ditch where the driver took off into the woods. “One of the front tiers on the vehicle was damaged, throwing sparks,” Medina Fire Chief Jeff Rollins said. “Obviously he was running, and while he was running it was setting fires all along the side of the road.” The Medina Police Department said a passenger in the car was taken into custody by Madison County deputies but was released. Calls by WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office for comment have gone unanswered.