Hot tar covers worker and burns him after truck came to a sudden stop

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By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) A man was rushed to the hospital with severe burns after hot tar spilled on him during a work accident, according to police in Canada.

Toronto police said that the 46-year-old man, who was not identified, was in a truck carrying hot tar along with his coworkers.

He was in the back seat when it came to a sudden stop as the driver noticed that something has fallen off the truck. As a result, hot tar spilled on the worker and hardened on top of him.

According to the police investigation, the tar was around 400 degrees. As the tar became exposed to the air, it hardened very quickly, trapping the worker inside the truck.

Firefighters who arrived at the scene, had to cut away part of the truck and the hardened tar in order to free the worker. The worker was breathing and conscious throughout the ordeal.

Doctors believe that the worker did not die because he was wearing protective clothing. However, he suffered burns to his head, face and hands.

The man is in critical condition, while the other two men in the back of the truck were not injured.