The Adonis, best known for his Ralph Lauren ads, is treated for head trauma and cuts

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated June 07, 2005 02:00 PM
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Male supermodel Tyson Beckford, the Adonis best known for his Ralph Lauren Polo ads, was injured after his truck crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames on a New Jersey street this week.

The 34-year-old Beckford lost control of his 2004 red Dodge Ram shortly before 5 a.m. Monday and skidded into the pole, police Detective Thomas O’Keeffe tells the Associated Press. The truck caught fire, and Beckford was able to pull himself out before it became fully engulfed in flames, police said.

Beckford was rushed to the Jersey City Medical Center, where he was treated for head trauma and cuts, O’Keeffe said. His manager, Bethann Hardison, told New York’s Daily News that the injuries were not serious, and Beckford, who lives in West New York, reportedly was discharged Monday afternoon.

Beckford was named one of PEOPLE’s 50 Most Beautiful in 1995 (the same year he signed the exclusive Lauren contract). The sculptured 6’1″, 195-lb. part-Chinese, part-Jamaican native of Rochester, N.Y., told the magazine that his career began in 1993, as he was minding his own business in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. Suddenly, scouts from the hip-hop magazine The Source asked him to pose.

“I’m thinkin’, ‘Yeah, this is some porno magazine,’ ” he recalled. “But everything was legit.”