Locals commuting home last week saw a familiar vehicle in distress while driving home.

A Stillwater trolley was engulfed in flames on Highway 36 in Roseville Saturday night, Sept. 14.

The Roseville Fire Department responded to a call of a Stillwater Trolley Company trolley on fire around 7 p.m. on Highway 36 near Cleveland Avenue in Roseville.

The department announced on Twitter Saturday there were no reported injuries and no one was on board except the driver, who escaped safely.

According to video, a plume of smoke rose above the burning trolley. Part of the highway’s wooden noise barrier also burned and authorities closed a lane of traffic. The trolley was completely engulfed in flames.

Stillwater Trolley Company owner Joni Zimmerman said there’s no indication yet about what started the fire. The trolley was on its way back to Stillwater after dropping a group off, she said.

Zimmerman added the company will finish up the year with six trolleys and reevaluate what to do in the new year.

“I’m very shaken up,” Zimmerman said. “We’re going to do what we can to get through the year.”

Zimmerman purchased the trolley company in 2013 after the passing of Bob Raleigh, who founded the Stillwater Trolley Co. in 1989.

Contact Kim Schneider at kim.schneider@ecm-inc.com

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