Region 8 responders witness meth explosion driving down interstate

SIKESTON, MO (KAIT) – Sikeston Rescue Squad members first witness, and then help a man who was injured during an meth explosion inside his moving vehicle.

According to the Sikeston Police Department, officers from the Sikeston Public Safety Rescue Squad were returning from an accident, when they noticed a flash inside a silver car traveling on County Line Road. The officers then noticed smoke pouring out of the windows, when the driver lost control, drove off the road, and into a ditch.

Officers say the driver jumped from the vehicle while it was still moving. The car traveled up an embankment and then started rolling back towards the man, narrowly missing him.

When emergency workers responded, the driver told them he was making meth in a soda bottle when it exploded.

The 23-year-old driver was airlifted to a hospital in St. Louis suffering severe second and third degree burns to this face and hands.

Police have not released the victim's name, but say formal charges will be filed in the near future.

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