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Winona's tourist trolley catches fire

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WINONA — The Trester Trolley, which has tooled around Winona since 2007, caught fire Saturday afternoon while carrying a bridal party in Winona.

The fire was reported about 4:45 p.m. along Garvin Heights Road. The fire reportedly triggered a small explosion, witnesses said.

The passengers were en route to take wedding photos at Garvin Heights; they escaped uninjured with the help of the trolley's driver, Clarence Russell, according to the Winona Daily News.

Russell said he stopped the vehicle after noticing flames coming from the undercarriage. It was engulfed soon after.

It's unknown if the trolley was destroyed, but the damage appears extensive.

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The trolley carried riders — mostly tourists — every Saturday from May through October. It was also available for special events.

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