Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Authorities Tuesday were investigating the death of a 27-year-old good Samaritan who was killed as he tried to help put out a car fire on the 241 Toll Road in the Irvine area.

The fiery car was burning in the northbound lanes of the toll road just south of the Santiago Canyon Road off-ramp when the driver of a contracting truck pulled over to try to help put out the blaze before firefighters arrived, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz.

The man, whose name was not released, was crushed under his own contracting truck as a passenger in the vehicle tried to move it out of traffic, Kurtz said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Kurtz said.

The car flames spread to brush alongside the roadway, but it was quickly contained in the incident around 4:15 p.m. Monday, Kurtz said.

The driver of the burning vehicle was not injured, Kurtz said.

There was no word if authorities may take any action against the passenger in the contracting truck.

–City News Service

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