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Jackson fiery crash victim still hospitalized

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JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

One of the victims in a fiery crash in Jackson is still hospitalized.

Two vehicles burst into flames after a crash near the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office on Monday, August 6 and another ran into the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse.

It started across from the sheriff's office in Jackson before 12:45 p.m.

A red pick-up truck went out of control on High Street and crashed into several vehicles before hitting the county courthouse. Witnesses say the truck hit an SUV, also driving on the road. The SUV then hit a mini-van parked outside of a home on High Street. The SUV caught fire, which spread to the mini-van and another parked white pick-up truck.

We're told Burt Hahs was one of the victims, and suffers from 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 60 percent of his body.

A family friend tells us he's in St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

He has a couple staples in his head and a few fractured vertebrae.

We understand Hahs is sedated and on a ventilator for at least another week.

Family and friends are not sure how much Hahs will remember from the wreck, but say they're hoping some of it has been blocked, since it was terrifying.

Trooper Clark Parrott with the Missouri Highway Patrol said authorities have ruled out that the driver was impaired, but that the man may have had a medical issue like a seizure.

Several people were treated on the scene and some were taken away by ambulance. Parrott says one has minor injuries, and another suffers from severe burns.

People in the area said they could see smoke and flames, and smell the burning rubber. An employee from the courthouse said she could feel the building shake when the pick-up truck hit the wall.

Brian Thompson is a Pharmacist at Jones Drug Store across from the courthouse. He said they saw the smoke and he ran out with a fire extinguisher to try and help.

"By the time I got there, the van and the truck were just engulfed in flames just big ole black clouds of smoke," said Thompson. "So I tried to get a little closer to it, the heat of course was putting out people were screaming if people were inside, we didn't know if there were people inside or not."

"Your first inclination is you see that on fire and it's like well do I go rushing in and open it up to see if there's any kids in there, well what if it blows, it's like the yen and yang kind of thing," said Thompson. You know you're scared for them, but yet you think about your family too and it's a frightening little process, it's a lot of chaos going around, and a lot of people screaming and yelling."

He said a man inside one of the cars dropped and rolled out of the vehicle because he was on fire.

"We didn't know if the van and the truck were going to blow up or whatever, but anyway we were hearing people screaming you know drop, roll and everything like that, and I could see him roll away from the truck, he was conscious and everything like that but he didn't have a shirt on or anything so I kind of figured the shirt burned off," said Thompson.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office, and Jackson Police Department are investigating.

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