Burn victim airlifted following car fire

Ina Ronquillo

Burn victim airlifted following car fire

CREATED Jun. 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 20, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A 45-year-old woman suffered burns after an mechanical malfunction caused her vehicle to burst into flames.

Capt. Adam Goldberg with Northwest Fire District tells KGUN9 that just after 5:40 this morning, crews were dispatched to westbound Interstate 10 just past the Marana exit for reports of a vehicle fire with a possible burn victim.

Crews arrived and found an SUV well involved with fire and woman with serious burns.

Traffic on westbound I-10 was stopped as the helicopter landed to take the patient to the Maricopa County Hospital's Burn Center in Phoenix

The road was closed for approximately 45 minutes, said Goldberg.

A small brush fire also started as a result of the initial car fire and was quickly extinguished.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.