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


FRANKLIN Co., Ga. (WSPA) – A North Carolina man with Lou Gehrig’s disease died when the minivan he was traveling in caught fire on the way to the Super Bowl.

The Georgia State Patrol identified the victim as Edward Cushman, 39, of Shelby.

Troopers say Cushman was a passenger in a 2007 Dodge Caravan that began smoking on the way to Atlanta.

It happened Saturday afternoon on southbound Interstate 85 near mile marker 172 in Franklin County.
The driver told troopers that by the time he pulled over and got to the passenger side of the van, it was completely engulfed in flames.

Cushman died at the scene.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of Monday evening. 

WWL-TV reports Cushman had Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, and had received Super Bowl tickets through Team Gleason. The New Orleans-based charity raises awareness and helps ALS patients. 

Cushman was wheelchair-bound and on a ventilator, the news station reports. 

His brother, Rob, posted the following on Facebook:

Please be in prayer for our family. We lost my brother, Edward Craig Cushman, in a freak accident while we were driving to Atlanta yesterday. While we are devastated, we are happy he is no longer suffering from the pain of ALS.”

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