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An SUV burst into flames on the southbound lanes of I-77. This happened Thursday morning in Mercer County.

The driver told us he only had a few seconds to pull over and hop out before the fire engulfed his vehicle. He told 59 News he's feeling lucky to be alive.

"I only had about a quarter tank of gas in it right now, if it had a full tank of gas in it probably would have blown up on me by now," said driver Tony Blevins.

East River Volunteer firefighters put out the flames and both lanes were reopened within a few hours.

Blevins did not suffer any injuries.



A Sport Utility Vehicle went up in flames along the side of Interstate 77 on Thursday.

The incident happened in the southbound lanes about a mile and a half north of the Princeton exit.  The West Virginia Department of Transportation is asking drivers to use caution in the area.  That is because there are emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, on the road.

The incident happened at around 10:30 a.m. at Mile Marker 10.5.  There is no word at this time if anyone was hurt or inside the vehicle when it went up in flames.  Watch for more information here an on 59News.