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Drivers suspected of racing before Hager City crash

Two Hager City men were ticketed for reckless driving after they allegedly raced down a Hager City roadway, where one vehicle nearly struck an oncoming vehicle and the other crashed into a business, according to authorities.

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A Pierce County Sheriff's Office accident report states Randy W. Trok, 68, and Tony S. Burow, 41, were both northbound March 31 on County Road VV when the incident occurred. Trok's vehicle, a 1930 custom Ford coupe, crashed into Hager City Glass Co. property.

Burow allegedly entered the southbound traffic lane in an attempt to overtake Trok's car when it encountered a southbound vehicle driven by a Hager City woman. That driver told deputies she had to swerve to avoid a collision.

Witnesses told deputies it appeared Trok and Burow appeared to be racing each other. Trok told deputies he swerved to avoid a dog in the road. No dog was found on the scene, deputies reported. Burow told deputies they were "messing around" before the crash.

Trok was hospitalized and later cited for reckless driving and failure to keep his vehicle under control. Burow was also cited for reckless driving.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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