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Body found in burning truck being treated as fatal traffic accident


At this point, the discovery of a body in a burned pickup truck is being treated as a fatal traffic accident, according to Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher.

Sheriff Fisher told KWWL Tuesday night that several false rumors are out there about what exactly happened.

"I believe there are a lot of false rumors going out through social media, and obviously we're getting a lot of those, so we're just investigating all leads," he said.

When asked if his office and the DCI are treating the case as a traffic accident right now, Sheriff Fisher said they were.

"It went off the roadway and did strike some trees fully engulfed in flames, and that's what we're treating it as right now," Fisher said.

In a press release, the Sheriff's Office said the one-vehicle accident at Echo Road and 180th Street near Elgin happened at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff Fisher told KWWL a passerby saw the burning truck and called 911. When emergency crews responded, the vehicle was still engulfed in flames.

After the fire was extinguished, deputies identified the pickup truck as belonging to Steven Bilden of rural Elgin. Bilden is not the victim of the crash, according to officials.

While authorities believe they know the name of the victim, the body has not yet been formally identified.

"The deceased body is believed to be a roommate of Steven Bilden's," the Sheriff's Office said in a release. "However, the official identification is pending an autopsy report." 

The Wadena Fire and first responders as well as Tri State Ambulance assisted at the scene. 

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