Chinese driver throws cigarette butt out of window. It lands on the back and sets truck ablaze

  • Motorway toll workers rush to put out the blaze
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2018, 5:54pm
UPDATED : Friday, 30 November, 2018, 11:32am

A man set fire to his own pickup truck when he threw a cigarette butt out of the window on a motorway in southeast China.

Flames and heavy smoke engulfed the back of the vehicle as it came off a motorway in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, and stopped near a toll station, according to local media reports.

Several people rushed from the toll station to put out the blaze with fire extinguishers, according to Fujian Transportation Radio.

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Investigators ruled out self-ignition as the cause because the rest of the truck was intact. Self-ignition usually occurs in the front and middle part of a vehicle.

Admitting he had smoked a cigarette and thrown the butt out of the truck window, the driver, surnamed Wu, said the wind had probably blown the butt on to the back of his truck.

Some plastic cages and two bicycles were damaged in the fire.