Woman badly burned in car fire on OC toll road

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Updated: 12/23/2013 5:37 pm

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A 63-year-old woman was severely burned when a fire broke out in her vehicle on a Southern California toll road.

Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi tells City News Service the woman was a passenger in her husband's vehicle on the 241 toll road near Orange when fire broke out and the man pulled over.

He was not hurt but the woman suffered second- and third-degree burns and is at UC Irvine Medical Center in serious condition.

Concialdi says a member of the military dressed in combat fatigues, one of several people who got out of their cars to help the couple get out of the burning vehicle, provided first aid until paramedics arrived.

The fire spread to brush surrounding the freeway, but was quickly put out by firefighters.

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