Father and son killed in Carroll County van fire

A father and son died Friday night after a fire erupted in a van they both were riding in on a Carroll County highway, authorities said.

The incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Highway 78, about one mile east of Highway 113 in Temple, said Carroll County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Brad Robinson.

The son was driving the vehicle when a fire started underneath the van’s dashboard, Robinson said. The son pulled the vehicle off the road and he tried to rescue his father, whom investigators believe was asleep in the back of the van, authorities said. Both men were trapped by the fire, investigators said.

The father was 63 and the son was 39, Robinson said. Robinson declined to identify the man, saying authorities are working to notify relatives about the incident.

Robinson said investigators do not believe there was anything faulty with the vehicle. No foul play was suspected, he said. An autopsy will be conducted.

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