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Pricey SUVs Destroyed When Wreck Triggers Fire

Tuesday, May 6, 2014  |  Updated 3:42 PM CDT
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Pricey SUVs Destroyed When Wreck Triggers Fire

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A vehicle involved in a traffic crash careened into a Houston-area Cadillac dealership and struck a row of Escalades, triggering a fire that destroyed six of the pricey sport utility vehicles.

The general manager of the dealership, Steven Hainline, said the loss of the SUVs amounts to about $700,000.

He said the episode began early Tuesday morning when two vehicles collided on the Interstate 45 frontage road just north of Houston.

One of the vehicles, a Toyota Scion, left the road, traveled through fencing and became wedged among three Escalades. The Scion then caught fire and the flames spread to the SUVs. There was minor damage to other vehicles nearby.

Authorities said the two motorists involved in the initial wreck suffered injuries not considered life-threatening.

Hainline said the fire made "for a really long day."

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