Craig Cole of Moundsville West Virginia lost control of the car he was driving about 3:30 a.m. on Route 422 west just before Mitchell Hill Road.
Cole was driving in the eastbound lane when the vehicle struck the guide wire of a utility pole and went over an embankment. The vehicle was engulfed in fire when police got there.
Troopers tried to put out the flames with fire extinguishers but to no avail. Herman volunteer firefighters and at least one other fire department were called.
Cole was found dead in the vehicle. A passenger, also from West Virginia, apparently was able to get out and crawl up the 50-foot embankment and flag down another motorist, authorities said.
Butler County Deputy Coroner Larry Barr pronounced Cole dead about 7 a.m. An autopsy determined he died of severe head injuries. Barr said Cole also had burns to the lower half of his body, his arms and face.