Man airlifted to MED after car crashes near house fire

(WMC-TV) - A man being treated at the MED Wednesday is also at the center of a mystery in Marshall County, Mississippi after a pickup truck he was driving crashed less than a mile from a burning home.

Investigators believe the young man who crashed the truck may have escaped the fire, which may have been intentionally set.

Smoke was still rising from a lot in Slayden, Mississippi hours after a house burned to the ground.

"It's not easy watching everything you have go up in smoke," said the homeowner's daughter Brandy Williams.

Williams and several other family members showed up on the scene Wednesday.

The fire appears to have been intentionally set, with Williams' younger half-brother possibly inside or nearby at the time.

Marshall County Sheriff's investigators believe he was behind the wheel of the truck when it crashed into a tree just down the road from the burning home.  He was airlifted to the MED.

"The victim in the vehicle was soaking wet with water and his legs were bound with a leather belt," said Major Kelly McMillen with the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators believe he was driving away from the burning house at the time of the crash.

"The vehicle that was wrecked just northwest of here came from this residence," said McMillen.

The state's fire marshal's office will arrive Thursday to try to determine how the fire was set.  Meanwhile, investigators hope the young man may have survived the fire and crash comes around.

Memphis police are working to help investigators positively identify the patient at the MED.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.

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