Family escapes after SUV bursts into flames


by By KGW Staff


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 1:03 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- An SUV burst into flames on Highway 26 Wednesday near the Slyvan Hills overpass.

Video: Family escapes burning SUV

A family of four was traveling on Highway 26 about 6 p.m., just below the overpass, when a commuter in another car flagged them, and told them their SUV was on fire.

Two children were in the car, a 7-year-old and 2-year-old, along with their parents.

KGW happened to be on the scene, covering the snowy weather, when the fire occurred.

The driver pulled over and the family made it out of the SUV safely just before the vehicle burst into flames.

"We were driving along and a person pulled up next to me and said, 'Fire! Fire!' so I pulled over and all of a sudden smoke started coming up ... flames were underneath the wheel and before you know it, the fire just came up and took the truck," said Marcelino Navarro, the SUV driver.

No one was injured.

"It was bad, just trying to get the kids and make sure we got out before it blew up or something," said Sarah Clark, a passenger in the SUV.

Clark added that she couldn't even look at the flames.

"It was just too horrible," she said.

Damage estimates were not immediately available.

KGW Reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this report.