LITTLE FERRY, N.J. – A man in New Jersey has died when his car caught fire after he tried to drive out of a snowbank.
The man, who was not identified, had been revving his vehicle’s engine trying to get out of a snowbank after getting stuck in the pile of snow about 10 miles outside of New York City in Little Ferry, New Jersey, NBC News reported.
When police officers tried to help, they told the 62-year-old driver to stop trying to rock the SUV from the snow and to stop revving his engine. But he didn’t listen. As they went back to the cruiser to call for a tow truck they heard a pop and saw the vehicle catch fire, The Associated Press reported.
They tried to rescue the man, but the doors were locked and they were not able to break in soon enough. By the time one officer was able to break the Mazda’s back window, the SUV was fully engulfed and the officers had to get away from the vehicle, NBC News reported.
The man’s identity has not been released.