Car bursts into flames after man drives off road, crashes into tree

Car bursts into flames after man drives off road, crashes into tree (Image 1)
Car bursts into flames after man drives off road, crashes into tree (Image 1)

A man is in the hospital after a serious crash in Joelton early Sunday morning.

The crash was reported around 3 a.m. in the 3900 block of Old Clarksville Pike.

Metro police told News 2 the driver ran off of the roadway, went down a hill, and hit a tree, causing the engine, transmission, and several auto parts to come off the vehicle and into someone's yard.

The transmission was found a few feet from the home.

When firefighters arrived the vehicle was on fire. According to the renters that lived in the nearby home, it took crews 15 to 20 minutes to contain the fire.

The residents woke to loud “booms” and found the vehicle in their front yard and a man lying on the ground, not moving.

When an ambulance arrived the man woke up and was alert. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police said it did not appear that alcohol was a factor, but are looking into speed as a possible cause of the crash.

It wasn't immediately clear what make or model the vehicle was.

No further details were immediately released. The investigation is ongoing.

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