Man Hospitalized After Jumping From Burning Truck

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Police said a 40-year-old Winslow man who jumped from a burning pickup truck Saturday night was hospitalized with burns in Little Rock.

The man, whose identity the police was not releasing, was transported to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment before being transferred to a burn unit at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. The extent of his injuries is unknown, police said.

Police said the man got into the burning truck at approximately 9 p.m. at a motel on North College Avenue and drove north. Witnesses said the truck then veered into the center turn lane and the man leaped the vehicle as it became engulfed in flames.

The truck continued, crossing two southbound lanes before crashing into the curb in front of the Lewis automotive dealership near the intersection of North College and East Longview Street. The truck was badly damaged by the fire, which also scorched an electric box on the ground.

Police officials said the man was interviewed on the scene after the accident but the conversation was "unproductive." Police said they hope to speak to the man again after he recovers from his burns.

Emergency responders blocked off North College for a time to divert traffic through adjoining parking lots. Both northbound lanes and the inside southbound lane were reopened while police continued to investigate the accident.

The crash is still under investigation, according to Fayetteville Police. They said it will be decided after the investigation concludes whether or not to file any charges.