SEATTLE -

The 38-year-old man who was injured on the ground when a news helicopter crashed Tuesday in Seattle is continuing to improve.

Harborview Medical Center reports Richard Newman of Seattle was taken off a machine and is breathing on his own.

Spokeswoman Susan Gregg says he remains in serious condition Wednesday in the intensive care unit and will need surgery for burns. Newman suffered second- and third-degree burns on his back and arms when his car was set afire by the helicopter crashing into the street near the Seattle Center. Two other drivers whose vehicles burned escaped uninjured.

The pilot and news photographer aboard the helicopter working for KOMO-TV died in the crash.