A man received burns to over half his body after his van caught fire in a collision with a truck in southern Hall County Friday afternoon.
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The Gainesville Times reports that the wreck occurred at the intersection of Lanier Island Parkway and McEver Road in Buford and involved a company van and a tractor trailer.
The van reportedly turned 180 degrees and caught fire after the collision. The driver of the van, Manuel Spear of Flowery Branch, became trapped inside the fiery vehicle.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper David Kraeling, bystanders pulled Spear out of the van through the passenger door. He suffered burns to between 50 and 55 percent of his body, Kraeling also said.
Spear was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
The driver of the tractor trailer, Tony Cline of Harlem, was not injured in the accident. Neither vehicle was carrying any passengers.
Spear is lucky to have been pulled from the wreckage by good Samaritans. Hall County Fire Chief Zachary Brackett told Forsyth County News that by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the van was fully engulfed in flames.
A cause of the accident has not been reported, and no charges have been filed.
McEver Road was temporarily shut down Friday afternoon but has since reopened.
Hundreds of thousands of vehicles catch fire on roadways across the US, mostly due to serious accidents. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2013 alone, 300 individuals were killed and over 900 were injured in vehicle fires on American highways.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fires are more common in head-on collisions that any other type of wreck.