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Driver suffers burns in car fire

By Staff | Oct 12, 2011

This 1994 Ford Thunderbird was declared a total loss after it caught fire Monday afternoon. The dirver was transported to Pittsburgh for treatment of burns he suffered in the blaze.

A Tyler County man suffered burns when his car caught on fire.

At approximately 3:42 p.m. Monday, the Tyler County 911 Center received a report of a vehicle on fire on Buck Run Road in Tyler County. The caller advised the driver had sustained burns on the arms and torso and was out of the vehicle.

Driver of the vehicle was identified as Gregory Morgan, 145 Hamilton Drive, Sistersville. Morgan had been traveling south of W.Va. 180 in his 1994 Ford Thunderbird when witnesses said the vehicle began smoking from the front passenger side, eventually engulfing the driver’s side in flames as well. The vehicle was then driven onto Buck Run Road, where the driver abandoned it, escaping with severe burn injuries.

Morgan was transported by helicopter from the scene of the fire by Air Evac Lifeteam to a Pittsburgh area hospital. The vehicle was deemed a total loss.

Responding units to the scene included Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, Paden City Police Department, Paden City Volunteer Fire Department, and Sistersville EMS.

The incident is still under investigation by Tyler County Sheriff’s Office.