VIDEO: Jordan Anderson airlifted to local hospital after fiery incident at Talladega

NASCAR driver Jordan Anderson was airlifted to a Birmingham hospital after a fiery crash during Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Anderson’s No. 3 Chevrolet exploded in flames as he entered Turn 1 on lap 19 of 94. The 31-year-old driver’s truck slid toward the paved apron and came to a halt against the inside retaining wall.

Anderson was able to jump from the truck as the safety crew arrived and was taken by ambulance to the infield care center. A NASCAR spokesperson later confirmed that Anderson was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation shortly after the helicopter lifted off from the infield.

Anderson was making his fifth start of the year in the Camping World Truck Series. He is also a team owner on the Xfinity Series side, fielding a full-season effort for driver Myatt Snider.

NASCAR later said that Anderson was “awake and alert.”

Anderson later released a statement saying he had second degree burns, but would be heading home, and was expected to be just fine.

Greg Engle