eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new
NOW LIVE: Eyewitness News

Local

Del. Driver Severely Burned When Cigarette Ignites Car

View Comments
(credit: ERIC FEFERBERG/Getty Images)

(credit: ERIC FEFERBERG/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

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.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31,988 other followers