NORTH FAYETTE (KDKA) – A pickup truck with the driver inside went up in flames Monday morning and police think he may have started it himself.

The driver was pulled to safety after an off-duty medic noticed the flames.

The Ford Ranger sat blackened and burned along Noblestown Road in North Fayette. The fire started around 4:30 a.m. in front of Dick Ackman’s trucking business.

The unidentified driver was inside that vehicle and on fire as well.

The truck was fully involved when a paramedic showed up. He got to try to render aid after they dragged the man out of the burning vehicle about 35 feet away.

“They had him pulled out to the road to get him away from the fire. They were taking care of him out there. They called for rescue and they called for a helicopter,” Ackman said.

The unidentified man is believed to be from West Virginia. He was rushed to UPMC Mercy Hospital’s burn unit with severe burns over 95 percent of his body.

“He was in pretty bad shape,” Ackman said.

Officials said the fire wasn’t an accident. Indications are the man poured some type of accelerant on himself and then lit himself on fire.


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