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La Farge teenager avoids injuries in a car fire

Kaitlyn Riley

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A 16-year-old driver was not hurt when his vehicle started on fire while driving north on State Hwy 131 Thursday afternoon.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 3:00 p.m. of a vehicle on fire near Aumock road in the Town of Stark.

The La Farge teen heard a noise from the engine, so he pulled over and checked under the hood. That’s when he saw flames coming from the engine area.

The La Farge Fire Department and Ron Driscol Towing helped at the scene.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.