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Driver dies after car goes airborne, catches fire on I-95

Posted April 3

A man was killed when his car caught fire after a single-vehicle crash near Benson on Monday afternoon.
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— A man was killed when his car caught fire after a single-vehicle crash near Benson on Monday afternoon.

Authorities said a Buick driven by a 66-year-old Maryland man was traveling northbound on Interstate 95 when it left the roadway and traveled up an embankment.

The vehicle then went under a large road sign and became airborne before it landed in an adjacent service road, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The car continued down the service road, struck a pine tree and caught fire, authorities said.

The driver was trapped inside the burning car and three good Samaritans, including a Fort Bragg soldier, pulled the unconscious man from the vehicle and began CPR.

Troopers said the cause of the accident was unknown.

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  • Bobby Caudle Apr 4, 2:41 p.m.
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    PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY

  • George Orwell Apr 4, 9:52 a.m.
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    Could have been speed, mechanical or medical. The mounds between the interstate and service road can be quite steep so easy to go airborne.

    Sad for the family. Not a good way to pass. Thanks to the 3 that tried to assist.

  • Marlene Watson Apr 3, 9:13 p.m.
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    It doesn't matter how fast he was going The man died so sorry for his family

  • Jim Frei Apr 3, 5:49 p.m.
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    How fast was this guy driving?