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By Phil Helsel

A Florida pizza delivery driver said she was carjacked and abducted by a gunman who forced her into the trunk of her own vehicle Saturday, but was able to escape by pulling an emergency release handle while on a highway, authorities said.

The carjacking happened at around 8 p.m. in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. Police were called after the delivery driver was taken to a Maccleny hospital for injuries she suffered in the escape on Interstate 10, the sheriff’s office said.

The delivery driver was lured to an abandoned house where the gunman, armed with a rifle, told the driver he needed the car to kill someone in Lake City, about 60 miles west of Jacksonville, the sheriff’s office said.

The woman escaped from the car on I-10 as the vehicle was driving westbound on the highway. The sheriff's office said several people saw the escape.

Police are looking for a black male, around 5 feet 11 inches tall, driving a gray 4-door Mazda MX3, the sheriff’s office said.

Macclenny is about 30 miles west of Jacksonville and is on the way to Lake City.