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The malfunctioning brakes apparently set the hay on fire, Hart Fire Chief Ken Klotz said. The man was unable to unhook the trailer as the fire grew.

“The whole thing was on fire — the back of his pickup truck and the trailer,” Chief Klotz said. “One guy saw him driving by and said he saw 30-foot flames coming out of the hay as he was going down the road.”

Falling hay started numerous fires along the route.

The fires were extinguished, and the man was not cited.

Woman charged in storefront crash

WILMETTE, Ill. — A 94-year-old woman who crashed her car into the glass front of a restaurant in this Chicago suburb, sending nine persons to hospitals, is charged with negligent driving.

Ruth Rose of Wilmette also is charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving on a sidewalk, according to Wilmette police. All three charges carry a maximum fine of $500.

Mrs. Rose’s Mercury Grand Marquis plowed into a Panera Bread restaurant Thursday as she was attempting to park in front of the eatery, police said. The car struck eight persons, all of whom were treated at area hospitals and released. Mrs. Rose’s husband was a passenger in the car and was hospitalized for chest pains.

From staff reports and wire dispatches