UPDATE: Passerby Pulls Driver from Burning Truck in Clarion County

MADISON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A local man was injured in a fiery truck crash that shut down a portion of Route 861 for over 6 hours Friday.

Photo by Rusty Hartzell.

According to emergency personnel, the accident happened around 4:06 p.m. when a tri-axle dump truck hauling corn traveled off Route 861 and over an embankment in the area of Hawk Hill.

After traveling over the embankment, the truck landed in a stream and caught fire.

A witness on the scene told exploreClarion.com that the unidentified male driver was helped out of the burning vehicle by a passerby.

According to the witness, the driver was on fire when he was pulled out of the cab, at which point the passerby assisted him in extinguishing the fire using water from the stream.

STAT MedEvac was dispatched to transport the driver to an unknown hospital. Sligo VFD set up a landing zone at the Rimersburg Fairgrounds.

There is no word on the driver’s current condition; however, witnesses say the man suffered multiple burn injuries in the crash.

PennDOT tells exploreClarion.com that Route 861 reopened at 10:13 p.m.

According to Clarion County OES, Clarion-based State Police, Rimersburg VFD, Southern Clarion County Ambulance, Clarion County EMA, Bauer Truck Repair, and Central Electric were dispatched to the scene.

No further details are available.

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