JEFFERSON COUNTY – Fire crews spent two hours early Sunday morning battling fires in corn and bean fields and a burning SUV.
According to the Jefferson Fire Protection District a 911 call came in around 3:40 a.m. regarding the fires and a man sitting on a nearby porch after he was involved in a car crash.
Fire crews found an SUV on fire in the middle of a bean field which burned about one acre of crops, while an eighth of a mile away there was an additional fire in a corn field.
Investigators said they are still trying to determine what happened, but believe the man in the SUV swerved to avoid hitting a deer and and crashed into farm equipment in one of the fields. They said the gear then likely was stuck in reverse and the man jumped from the vehicle before it rolled into the second field and caught fire.