Indiana State Police troopers and Seymour police officers saved the life of a man they found next to his burning SUV early Saturday on a rural road near Seymour.

Christopher T. Nichols, 30, of Seymour was lying less than a foot from his 2010 Nissan, which was engulfed by  flames, when Troopers Chris Lockman and Jared Black and Seymour officers Bart Bevers and Crystal Schapson arrived at 2:31 a.m., according to a statement from state police.

Nichols’ clothes were on fire,  the statement said.

While Bevers and Schapson used fire extinguishers on  the blaze, Lockman and Black dragged Nichols a safe distance from the fire.

Lockman suffered minor burns.

Nichols, who suffered severe burns, was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and then flown  to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.

Nichols’ car had struck a bridge abutment on County Road 850E, just south of New Farmington Road,  the statement said.