Man bails from flaming car at 60 mph

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photo 3SEA-TAC — A man bailed from his car at 60 mph when the vehicle suddenly burst into flames Wednesday morning.

The man was traveling eastbound on State Route 518 when, according to witnesses, the car suddenly caught fire. Instead of stopping the car, the driver decided to bail from the moving vehicle as it traveled 60 mph on the roadway. The driver tumbled into the street and the car traveled up the eastbound ramp of Airport Way, where it rolled into heavy brush.

The flaming car continued for at least a half mile before it crashed, officials said.

According to witnesses, the driver was not hit by any passing cars but suffered a broken ankle and was taken to an area hospital. The driver allegedly told police he had no idea why the car caught fire, or why he decided to bail at a high speed instead of stopping the car.

Eastbound SR 518 was shut for some time while emergency workers treated the man. His name and age were not immediately known.

Police are investigating the incident.

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3 comments

  • justin

    What a thoughtless person…"look out for my flaming 4000 pound vehicle with no driver". Unfortunately. Darwin failed us this time.

  • oakharborite

    Wonder this was a car affected by the new Food recall……__2013 Ford Taurus SHO over $40k paid… dealer cannot get My Sync to work.. no nav half the time.. no blue tooth.. radio freezes…. cannot fix it???? Then I get told yesterday at the dealership after setting 4 hours as they try to fix it AGAIN… my car has a safety recall for a fuel leak.. no parts available … Recall states to the dealer do not allow a car affected by this recall to be driven or sold… BUT ITS OK FOR MY FAMILY TO DRIVE IT??????? REALLY??????

  • Leo Wiseman

    We purchased a FORD Tempo from the in-laws. One day my daughter was driving it when some "steam" started coming of the steering column. Fortunately she pulled off the road, got out and watched it burst into flames. The interior was completely destroyrd. Later research discovered that Ford had recalled the ignition switch and my in-laws had taken it to a Ford dealer to fix it. Some great repair job!