[JPL] Jazz man escapes 'great balls of fire'

Hudson, B. H. bhhudson at nccu.edu
Thu Mar 1 11:35:15 EST 2007

This post alone is worth $25.00!!
BH Hudson

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Jazz man escapes 'great balls of fire'

Thursday, March 1, 2007

A jazz musician has been injured after jumping from a burning motor home

driven by a one-time roller skating stripper.

Francis Courtney, 60, a guitarist and singer for US band "Cradle of
leaped from the motor home on a highway overpass.

In the process, the 1979 motor home's brakes failed and the driver,
"Tony" Luccketta, 49, had to stop the vehicle by crashing into a fence.

Courtney, whose band once opened for BB King, was taken by ambulance to
local hospital with minor injuries, the California Highway Patrol said.

Luccketta, who is still known for his roller skating stripper gig but
focuses on playing music, was not injured.

There was no sign of alcohol involvement, police said, and the Coors
beer can on the motorhome's dashboard appeared to be a decoration.

One witness happened to be outside in the sunshine when she saw the
home heading east on the overpass.

She saw the door "flapping" open and dialed 911 when she saw a figure
out of the moving vehicle.

"And then I saw a huge bonfire in the middle of it," she said of the

Courtney was unconscious at one point, the shaken woman said, but he was

later able to talk to paramedics as they placed him in an ambulance.

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