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Weld County Sheriff Investigating Strange Vehicle Fire Deaths

WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - Two people are dead after a fiery crash in Weld County and investigators want to know how it happened.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a one-ton Dodge pickup engulfed in flames. It was so badly burned that they couldn't identify the two people inside.

"They found two bodies in the cab of the truck," Cpl. Charles Hines with the Colorado State Patrol said.

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Hines says someone driving down County Road 57 near Ault late Saturday night spotted the truck in flames and called 911. Fire spread from the vehicle to the surrounding brush before firefighters could extinguish the blaze.

On Sunday multiple agencies worked to determine what caused the truck to go over the road's embankment, what started the fire, and if the crash was really an accident.

"We're trying to deploy all the assets that we can right now to try to get our arms wrapped around the facts of the case," Hines said. "So it's still up in the air at this point."

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The truck's damage is so severe that authorities have been unable to track it to its registered owner.

"The arson investigator is going to be the last piece, and then we'll impound the vehicle, take it to a secured area where further investigation out of the elements can take place," Hines said.

For now the investigation is ongoing.

"Due to the excessive damage to the vehicle, this will most likely be a prolonged investigation as we attempt to identify the individuals involved and investigate the cause of the accident," Matt Turner with the Weld County Sheriff's Office said.

Additional Information From The Weld County Sheriff's Office

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sherriff's Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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