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Bumpy ride off County Road 82

A one-vehicle crash off County Road 82 about three miles east of Brandon near Nelson Lake Sunday started a small fire. Joyce Looker, 68, of Alexandria was driving a 1996 Buick Century at about 1:15 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle. It struck an approach and went into a dry cattail swamp, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The car’s exhaust system caught some grass on fire. Looker was injured and was taken to the Douglas County Hospital. She remained hospitalized in fair condition Monday afternoon. Brandon firefighters quickly put out the fire and helped her dog that was inside the vehicle by giving it oxygen and taking it to the Alexandria Veterinary Clinic. The dog is expected to recover. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)