Semi-Truck Caught Fire Severely Burning Driver

A semi truck caught fire late last night in Utah on I-80 near the town of Aragonite in Tooele County.

Investigators say the driver was pulled over off exit 56, and resting in the sleeper berth, when the engine of the truck caught fire. However, the underlying cause is still unknown to police. The driver was transporting plastic pallets, which cause the fire to spread rapidly. The cab was destroyed by the flames and most of the trailer was consumed. 

The driver, whose identity hasn’t been released, was transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital after sustaining life-threatening second-and third-degree burns.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the driver had to maneuver through the flames in order to escape the semi-truck.