NANCHANG: A motorcycle crashed into a dump truck setting it on fire along a road in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi province in east China on Saturday (May 6).
The motorcyclist escaped with injuries that were not life threatening, according to doctors. The incident was caught on CCTV footage.
The truck was attempting to make a left turn when the motorcycle - unable to stop - rammed into its fuel tank which ignited. The fire eventually engulfed the almost the entire truck and the motorcycle.
The rider who was rolling on the ground in flames was pulled to safety by a passerby and the truck driver.
According to AP, the truck driver, identified in reports as Yang Juyong, said: "My truck was also on fire at that time. The door on my side could not open as the fire was darting over. I opened the door on the passenger side and jumped out. Then I rushed to the injured man and rescued him."
The motorcyclist, identified as Chen, was sent to a nearby hospital where doctors said the injuries were not life threatening. The report added that the fire was extinguished in 40 minutes.
"The first thing that came into my mind was rescuing the man. I did not care that my truck was burned. What I was thinking was trying to rescue that man first," said Yang.
A preliminary investigation by traffic police stated that Chen was driving his motorcycle too fast and that prevented him from stopping to avoid crashing into the dump truck, said AP.