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Man rescued from burning car by passersby

Passersby rescued a man from a burning vehicle after he crashed into an Interstate 5 overpass support column at about 9:45 a.m. Monday.

Oregon State Police said 22-year-old Lucas Bailon, of Eagle Point, was driving a Toyota sedan southbound on I-5 when for unknown reasons he left the road shortly after the Phoenix exit and drove into the median, continuing until he ran into a support beam for the Fern Valley overpass.

"There was some pretty heavy fire coming from out of the engine compartment" when fire crews arrived, said engineer Jimmy Johnson with Jackson County Fire District 5. 

Several people stopped to help with fire extinguishers and pulled Bailon from the burning car, Johnson said. Bailon was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, where he was listed in serious condition Monday afternoon, hospital officials said.

The crash closed one lane for about a half-hour as emergency crews worked at the scene.

Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation also responded to the crash. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. There does not appear to be any damage to the bridge the car struck, police said.

A man was rescued from a burning sedan this morning after crashing into the Fern Valley overpass at Phoenix. Mail Tribune / Ryan Pfeil