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February 20, 2019

ALS-afflicted man en route to Super Bowl game courtesy of Team Gleason dies in car fire

February 6, 2019
Ed Curson died on his way to the Super Bowl when the vehicle he was riding in caught fire two hours outside of Atlanta. (Facebook)

A man with ALS was killed in a car fire as he traveled to his dream, the Super Bowl.

Ed Curson, 39, had been living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and was on a ventilator, confined to a wheelchair. He received tickets to Sunday’s Super Bowl from Team Gleason, the foundation created by former Saints player Steve Gleason, who also has ALS.

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As his brother Ed drove them from Curson’s North Carolina home, the SUV they were traveling in started to smoke as they traversed Georgia on their way to New Orleans.

“The vehicle started smoking underneath so the driver pulled to the shoulder of the roadway to examine the source,” Georgia State Patrol told WWLTV in a statement. “He exited the vehicle and then smoke began pouring out of the vehicle. He stated that at that point flames started erupting out of each side and he tried to extract his passenger, but was unable to and had to leave because the flames were too intense.”

Ed Curson could not save his brother.

“Eventually, I just knew that this was his time, and I just felt the presence of God saying, ‘Get out while you can. Save yourself,’ ” Robert told ABC affiliate WSOC.

On Facebook he added, in a statement on behalf of the family, “While we are devastated, we are happy he is no longer suffering from the pain of ALS.”

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