Driver burned in Rabun County vehicle fire

A vehicle crashed and burned late Monday night in Rabun County, seriously injuring the driver.

Around 11:45 p.m. on November 29, Rabun County Fire Station 1 was dispatched to a report of a vehicle fire in the Payne Hill Drive area of Clayton.

Fire and EMS units on scene found a pickup truck burning. It had veered off the road and traveled “a short distance down an embankment,” where it caught fire, according to Rabun County Fire Services Assistant Chief Justin Upchurch.

The pickup truck driver was able to get himself out of the driver’s side window. Fire and EMS personnel saw him fall to the ground with his clothes on fire. Firefighters extinguished the flames and emergency personnel carried the injured driver up the bank to safety.

Rabun EMS requested an airlift transport. Paramedics flew the man to the Grady Hospital Burn Unit in Atlanta, where he is currently being treated for burns and other injuries from the accident.

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