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Super Bowl-bound fan dies in car fire

LAVONIA – What should have been an enjoyable weekend trip to the Super Bowl for a North Carolina family ended in tragedy.

Ed Cushman, a 39-year-old Shelby, N.C., man, died Saturday when the minivan he was traveling in caught fire.

Cushman and his brother, 41-year-old Robert Cushman, were in a 2007 Dodge Caravan traveling south on Interstate 85 headed towards Atlanta for the Super Bowl.

Near mile marker 172, Robert noticed the vehicle was smoking and pulled to the side of the roadway.

By the time he pulled over and exited the vehicle, smoke was pouring from the vehicle and it was engulfed in flames.

Ed was living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, which was why he was in a wheelchair. He was also on a ventilator.

He was on the way to the Super Bowl with his family after asking Team Gleason Foundation, which was founded by former Saints player Steve Gleason who also has ALS, to help him find Super Bowl tickets that would provide him with Americans with Disabilities Act seating.

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