The truck was southbound on the outer roadway when it struck a guardrail and sign pole at about 1:15 p.m. and caught fire.
A volunteer Woodridge firefighter saw the driver standing on the boards of his truck cab, on fire. Running from his own vehicle, the firefighter took off his shirt and pants to pat down the flames on the man until help, and a fire extinguisher, arrived from other passersby. The combined efforts including collecting water bottles to cool the victim down.
The truck driver was airlifted from the scene with burns covering about 50% of his body.
Lanes were closed for a time as police investigated the scene and firefighters put out the flames that were pouring black smoke into the air.
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