HOUSTON -

A man has to be pried from his car after a fiery crash in north Houston.

It happened Sunday around 12:30 a.m. on the North Freeway at the North Loop.

According to police, the driver was speeding southbound on the North Freeway when for an unknown reason he lost control.

The car skidded across all lanes and crashed into a tree on the side of the freeway.

Police say the car then burst into flames with the driver pinned inside and unable to escape.

Houston firefighters were able to pry the man from the car before he succumbed to the fire.

He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in serious condition.