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Del. Driver Severely Burned When Cigarette Ignites Car

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ELSMERE, Del. (AP) — Fire officials say a driver was severely burned when the lighted cigarette he threw out of his car window was blown back in and ignited the interior of the vehicle.

It happened about 6:45 p.m. Sunday in Elsmere. Chief Deputy State Fire Marshall Robert Cox said in a news release that 49-year-old Travis Paul Smith of Elsmere was driving on Route 141 when he threw a lighted cigarette out of his car.

Fox says the wind blew the cigarette back into the car and ignited the interior. He says the vehicle came to rest in a ravine and several motorists stopped and pulled Smith to safety.

Fox says Smith suffered second- and third-degree burns to his lower body. He was flown to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania.

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