Fiery Crash on I-75
A man was badly burned after his dump truck crashed and caught fire.
On Thursday at around 11:15 a.m., 56 -year- old Keith Mahabirsingh was driving a dump truck south on Interstate 75.
As he approached mile marker 346, a tire blew out.
Tthe front steer tire, which is the one that controls the steering on it, blew out, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle," said Cpl. Anthony Dobosiewicz with Florida Highway Patrol.
He crossed the middle and left south bound lanes and then smashed into the guardrail.
"Once he collided with the guardrail, the vehicle immediately burst into flames," said Cpl. Dobosiewicz.
Trapping Mahabirsingh inside of this dump truck.
Three people who saw the accident, immediately pulled over.
"Some good samaritans stopped and were able to pull him from the vehicle before it got too hot," said Cpl. Dobosiewicz.
Ocala Fire Rescue arrived at the scene five minutes later.
"The driver was seriously burned and he has been taken by ambulance to Shands Hospital," said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Stoothoof.
Officials would not tell me the degree of the burns.
After the crash, only one north and south bound lane was open near mile marker 345.
Traffic was still backed up in both directions.
There was limerock all over the north bound lanes and the burned truck that had the words "Brady Construction of Ocala Incorporated" lay across the guardrail.
All north and south bound lanes were open about two and a half hours after the crash.
As of this afternoon Mahabirsingh was in serious condition at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
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