VEHICLE FIRE: One Man Injured

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A smoky car fire sent one person to the hospital Wednesday morning and forced a busy road to partially close down.

A Jeep burst into flames on Second Avenue in front of the Firestone plant at about 10:30 a.m.

Police say the driver suffered minor burns to his hand and scalp.

A witness tells us the victim was swerving just before the fire then pulled over as flames began to sweep through his Jeep.

“He was weaving in front of me an eventually slammed on his brakes and I stopped and he got out of the car.  I got out of the car.  And I realized he was on fire.  So I gave him my soda to try to put out the fire in his passenger seat. That didn’t work and then it was completely engulfed in flames,” says witness Staci.

Sgt. Jana Abens with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says, “Just one person, the driver was able to get out.  He suffered some burns to his hands but they seemed minor. Possibly some singing to his hair but was able to get out of the vehicle.”

Officials expect the northbound lane of Second Avenue near the Firestone plant to be closed for the next few hours.