Fiery crash leaves one person dead

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO):  A man is dead after a fiery crash Wednesday afternoon.
It all happened shortly before 3:00 p.m., in the 4000 block of Wayne Trace near E. Rudisill. Officers were called to the scene in regards to a disturbance in the area. Once there, they discovered a man rammed a vehicle into an apartment building. Officers attempted to get the driver out of the van, but he refused. The driver then started to rev the engine.

Michael Joyner, spokesperson with the Fort Wayne Police Department, tells our partners in news at ABC 21 the revving of the engine caused the vehicle to burst into flames. “Based upon the talking to the fire personnel here, he was revving the engine at such RPM that it just overheated and just was spontaneously engulfed in flames.”

There was one person inside the apartment at the time the van rammed into it, but that person was unharmed. Meantime, the driver was pronounced dead on the scene.

This is a developing story, keep checking for more updates.


  1. Kayla, is this reporting accurate? I read a different news source which said that the perpetrator is a Burmese male who had a gas can in the van and appeared to have exploded the car himself. Was this an act of terrorism? Is wowo covering up facts here?

    • Fire investigators were collecting residue samples to determine if any type of accelerant was present in Naing’s vehicle, but as of yet that has not been determined.

      WOWO doesn’t “cover up” facts in any story.


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