Bystanders and Elk Grove police officers are credited with saving a man whose box truck caught on fire after a crash at Thorndale Avenue and Lively Boulevard on Monday afternoon, fire officials say.
About 2:30 p.m., a 2011 Freightliner semitrailer truck and a 2012 International straight truck collided at that intersection, trapping the driver of the International truck, which caught on fire.
Witnesses pulled the driver of the International truck, Jesse Martinez of Elgin, from the vehicle, said Elk Grove fire Lt. Todd Rishling. The fire later spread to the semitrailer, he said.
Martinez was ten to Alexian Brothers Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries.
The driver of the semi, Donald Daugherty of Springfield, was traveling south on Lively Boulevard. He was uninjured in the crash.
Martinez was traveling west on Thorndale Avenue and disobeyed a red light, police said. He was issued a citation.
Thorndale Avenue was closed in both directions while officers investigated.