SUV erupts into flames during Anaheim test drive

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Updated: 3/24/2014 4:42 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say nobody was hurt when a brand new SUV erupted in flames during a test drive in Anaheim.

Police Lt. Tim Schmidt says the driver managed to pull the 2015 GMC Yukon to the curb after losing control of the vehicle Sunday.

KNBC-TV says after the driver and a passenger got out, the SUV started smoking and then quickly burst into flames.

The blaze, which engulfed the vehicle, was knocked down within minutes.

Witnesses used their mobile phones to capture footage of the fire, which caused the SUV's tires to burst and sent black plumes of smoke into the air.

Schmidt says it appears the SUV started leaking some fluid, possibly oil, during the test drive.

The dealership, Hardin Honda, did not immediately comment.

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