Good Samaritans pull man from burning car on I-84

The crash happened on I-84 in Meridian.

MERIDIAN -- One man was taken to the hospital after a serious overnight crash on Interstate 84.

Idaho State Police say the driver was headed west near the Cloverdale overpass at about 1 a.m. when he lost control.

The man's car slammed into the concrete barrier several times and caught fire.

ISP trooper Frank Pinkney said the driver was rescued by a pair of Good Samaritans driving by just after the wreck happened.

"They saw the car on fire, pulled over, stopped and pulled him out of the vehicle," he said. "Had they not been there, the situation could have been far worse."

By the time police arrived at the scene, the man's car was completely engulfed in flames, Pinkney said. Firefighters and paramedics got to the scene a short time later, and extinguished the vehicle.

The driver was taken by ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. The extent of his injuries was unknown, and his identity has not been released.

It's unclear what caused the man to lose control. The wreck remains under investigation.

"Even on these early mornings when there's not that much traffic, it's still important to pay attention to what you're doing, and always wear your seatbelt," Pinkney said. 

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