Driver suffers severe burns after car crash, fire

Driver suffers severe burns after car crash, fire
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Fire Department.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Police say a man was taken to the hospital with serious burn injuries after the car he was driving crashed into a traffic pole Saturday morning and caught fire.

Police said a nearby resident who heard the crash helped pull the people out of the car before officers and fire crews arrived.

Brian J. Hall, 22, was driving at a high rate of speed with 2 passengers when his car hit the pole at Grand Boulevard and McLaughlin Boulevard just before 2:00 a.m., police said. It's unclear if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Hall was taken to the Emanuel Hospital burn unit with life-threatening injuries. He is in critical condition.

It’s unclear if the other passengers were injured.