Male supermodel Tyson Beckford narrowly escaped death on Monday (06JUN05) after his truck crashed and burst into flames on a New Jersey highway.

The Ralph Lauren hunk, 34, lost control of his Dodge Ram in the early hours on Monday and managed to scramble out of the vehicle before the fire fully engulfed it.

Detective THOMAS O'KEEFFE says the model was treated for head trauma and cuts at the Jersey City Medical Center, but was later released.

A spokesman for the health center says, "He was only taken care of in an outpatient way."

New Yorker Beckford was named one of PEOPLE magazine's "50 Most Beautiful" in 1995.

08/06/2005 17:31