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ALS patient dies in minivan fire on way to Super Bowl dream

Posted at 8:03 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 10:03:33-05

ATLANTA — A man with Lou Gehrig's disease who dreamed of going to the Super Bowl secured tickets from a charity, but was killed when the minivan he was traveling in caught fire on the way to Atlanta.

News outlets report that 39-year-old Ed Cushman of Shelby, North Carolina, got tickets through ALS-dedicated charity Team Gleason in New Orleans.

His brother was driving him Saturday when the minivan began smoking on Interstate 85.

A Georgia State Patrol release says Robert Cushman got out to examine the vehicle, at which point flames erupted. He tried to rescue Ed Cushman, who was in a wheelchair and on a ventilator, but the "flames were too intense."

Ed Cushman ultimately died in the fire.

In a Facebook post, Robert Cushman called the fire a "freak accident."