Public Safety

Close-up of emergency lights on police car

Traffic on Highway 212 stopped on Monday as Eden Prairie police and fire put out a car fire near Dell Road, Fire Chief Scott Gerber said.

Police and fire crews responded to a call of a car fire on the shoulder at 12:46 p.m. on May 13, Gerber said. Both the engine and passenger section of the car were on fire, but the driver escaped without injuries and waited with another car that had pulled over to help, he added.

The highway was shut down for around 30 minutes as crews extinguished the car and a small grass fire, which had started as a result of the car fire, Gerber said. One lane opened to traffic as the fire crew gained control of the fire and the highway later fully reopened. The car was towed away by Matt’s Auto Service, he added.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but the driver is working with their insurance and Eden Prairie fire to determine the cause, Gerber said.

Eden Teller is the multimedia reporter for Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about fostering productive conversations and empowering communities. When she's not reporting, she can be found reading a book, on a hike or tackling home improvement projects.

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