FERRIS — Nicholas Garza, a 19-year-old Ferris resident, was transported by a CareFlite medical helicopter to Methodist Dallas Medical Center after sustaining injuries from a single-vehicle accident Tuesday night.

Emergency responders received the call at 11:29 p.m. located on the southbound Interstate 45 service road half a mile north of Webster Road, near the 265-mile marker.

“Witnesses saw a vehicle traveling southbound at high rate of speed, an undetermined speed at this time. It went off the road and struck a tree and then caught fire,”said James Colunga, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper and spokesperson, said. “Two male witnesses rendered assistance by pulling the unconscious driver out of the now burning 2002 Nissan vehicle.”

At time of the accident, the vehicle was heading toward Ferris and, for unknown reasons, left the roadway, Colunga said.

Ferris Fire Department members responded to the scene with two fire engines and CareFlite responded with a ground ambulance. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found Garza out of the vehicle. While firefighters worked the scene, the service road was shut down, Fire Chief Tim Birdwell said.

The crash is still under investigation by Ellis County Highway Patrol Trooper Jeffrey Hicks and findings with charges are pending on the completion of this investigation.

“The trooper did say the he did check on him when he came on duty and he is still in critical condition,” Colunga said Wednesday.

Firefighters cleared the scene at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.