MANSFIELD — A car fire in a rest area of Interstate 95 took the life of an unidentified man late Sunday afternoon.
Emergency crews were called to the Mansfield rest area on I-95 North shortly before 4 p.m. for a report of a car fire with a person trapped.
According to witnesses and fire officials, the victim was outside the car by the time the first fire responders arrived, and he was declared dead at the scene.
Kelly Borrayo, 20, of Providence was parked in the rest area because her car broke down and said she was waiting for assistance when she heard a loud boom, looked over and saw the car parked near her erupt in flames.
She said two other motorists stopped to help and were able to force the four-door sedan’s door open and pull the driver out.
North Attleboro Fire Department Capt. Ronald Meyer said his crews used one tank of water from an engine to put the flames out, and quickly determined the occupant of the vehicle was dead.
State Police troopers blocked off access to the rest area as they investigated the death and the fire, and called for detectives and staff from the State Fire Marshall’s Office.
Mansfield Fire also responded with engines and fire investigators.
Though the fire was in the rest area, it caused a long traffic back-up on the northbound side of the highway, stretching from the rest area, which is near Exit 6, to Exit 5.