Fire fighting foam was used to quickly extinguish flames in an SUV that caught fire on Interstate 10 early Thursday morning. The driver was seriously burned and flown to a medical center in the Phoenix area.

Photo courtesy of the Northwest Fire District

A woman, injured this morning when her SUV caught fire on Interstate 10, was flown to a burn center in Maricopa County for treatment.

The woman, 45, was driving westbound on Interstate 10 near the Marana exit at about 5:30 a.m.  when the vehicle caught fire. She was able to pull off the freeway and into a median, but was seriously burned before she could get out of the SUV, said Capt. Ryder Hartley, a Northwest Fire District spokesman.

No one else was in the SUV and no other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Westbound lanes of traffic were stopped for about 15 minutes while the medical helicopter flew in to pick up the woman for transport to the burn center. Traffic in all directions was slowed for about two hours while fire crews and law enforcement officers were on scene investigating.

Investigators do not yet know the cause of the fire, but the SUV is a total loss, Hartley said.