INDIANAPOLIS — Motorists rescued an unconscious driver Friday after his truck struck a barrier wall and caught fire on I-70, according to the Wayne Township Fire Department.
Wayne Township Fire Captain Eric Banister said the crash occurred in the westbound lanes of I-70 near the 80 mile marker. While responders were en route, Banister said they got word that the truck had caught fire.
When medics and firefighters arrived on scene, however, the first responders found that the driver had already been removed from the burning truck by motorists who had taken the man 500-800 feet away from the truck and were tending to him.
The extent of the man’s injuries is not known at this time, Banister said. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital.
The motorists reportedly used pocket knives to cut the driver’s seatbelt and pulled the man from the truck while it was still on fire, according to Banister.
“It couldn’t be a better story for a rainy day,” Banister said. “Could have been a whole lot worse.”
The driver was believed to be the sole occupant of the truck, according to authorities, as no one else was located inside the vehicle.
The investigation into what led to the crash continues and authorities haven’t released any further information at this time.
The fire department posted the following photos on its Twitter account:
This story will be updated once more information is available.