UPDATE: Mother and daughter exit car before it catches fire on I-64

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Published: Apr. 14, 2016 at 8:34 PM EDT
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UPDATE 4/14/16 @ 11 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother and daughter are grateful to be unharmed after their car burst into flames Thursday night on I-64 in Huntington.

Brianna Hutchison and her mother Laya were on their way home from shopping a little after 8 p.m.

Brianna was behind the wheel when she noticed something was not right with her car. She says lights came on, and she struggled to get it to accelerate.

The Marshall senior pulled onto the shoulder on I-64 westbound just before the Hal Greer Boulevard exit.

"We pulled over and there was a little bit of smoke," Laya said. "We thought we were broke down."

Then they watched in disbelief as the 2004 BMW X3 burst into flames.

"It just literally went up in flames," Laya said.

"I'm really in shock," Brianna said. "I've had this car since I first learned how to drive. I'm a little bit heartbroken."

"Had they been driving with that fire going, it would have moved into the passenger compartment, and the smoke could've overcome them," Deputy Chief Jan Rader with the Huntington Fire Department said. "Her instincts were actually dead on, and she did the right thing by pulling over."

The two are relieved they got off the road before the fire started.

"I just thank God that we got out and that everything happened in the order that it did." Laya said.

"It's really so comforting to know there probably wasn't anything else I could've done to prevent this situation, and I did do the best thing," Brianna said. "I'm so glad that my mom and I are safe."

The fire department says the insurance company likely will be investigating the cause of the fire.


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two lanes of I-64 are shut down before the Hal Greer exit because of a car fire.

The driver of the vehicle tells WSAZ that her car started smoking, and then erupted in flames.

No one was injured.

We have a crew on the scene.

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