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3 injured after pickup truck hits tree off I-495 in Middleborough

First responders and three good Samaritans saved two Rhode Island men and one youth from a flaming pickup truck after it veered off of Interstate 495 on Thursday morning in Middleborough, State Police said.

The vehicle was traveling south between Exits 2 and 3 when it went off the road and hit a tree at around 9:35 a.m., authorities said.

The driver, 26, lost control of the 2003 Ford F-350 for reasons still unknown to investigators, causing the truck to roll over and crash into a tree, State Police said. At that point, the truck caught on fire with the driver and a 17-year-old youth trapped inside.


Three people stopped on the side of the highway to help extinguish the fire and tend to the victims, who were then removed from the truck by crews from the Middleborough and Wareham fire departments, according to a statement from State Police.

The truck’s driver was taken to Tobey Hospital in Wareham and then flown by a MedFlight helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital, State Police said. An adult passenger, 18, was flown to Rhode Island Hospital, while the 17-year-old was flown to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

State Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. No charges have been filed.

Andres Picon can be reached at andres.picon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.