Child burned, transported to Grady Hospital

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By Patrick Yost


A Covington man’s daughter suffered “severe burns to her arms and face” after the 1989 Toyota Supra truck the man was driving caught fire.

According to reports, Christopher Glen Skelton told deputies that he and his daughter Chelsea Skelton were traveling westbound on interstate 20 at approximately 4 p.m. when the vehicle began to “stutter.”

Skelton said he pulled off the highway and onto the shoulder of the interstate and shut the truck off. He said when he attempted to re–start the vehicle, the truck back–fired and caught fire.

He said he told his daughter to get out of the truck and, reports state, when she opened the door flames from the fire burned her face and arms.

She was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital by National Emergency Medical Services.

Skelton said he and his daughter were returning home from deer hunting when the incident occurred. He also said he had a AR 15 rifle that was burned in the vehicle.

The incident occurred near the westbound 118 mile marker on Interstate 20.

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