Officers: Man Leaps From Bridge After Truck Catches Fire

Jumped off Howard Frankland Bridge Sunday

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a man leaped from a Florida bridge to escape his burning vehicle.

The Florida Highway Patrol tells news outlets that 41-year-old Adirut Promdi was traveling southbound Sunday on Howard Frankland Bridge when his vehicle experienced a mechanical failure and caught fire. The man pulled the vehicle over, exited and jumped into the water.

Tampa Fire Captain James Gilligan tells WTVT-TV the man jumped over the side of the bridge, adding that for unknown reasons the man leaped into the water from the highest part.

Promdi remained near the base of the bridge until he was rescued without injury.