Wexford man in miracle escape from car blaze

David Tucker

Published 28/04/2015 | 00:00

The burned out car: it had exploded into flames after the accident.
The burned out car: it had exploded into flames after the accident.
The burned out car: it had exploded into flames after the accident.

A Wexford man was lucky to escape with his life after his car burst into flames following an accident in the town.

David Dunbar, who works for Waters Technology, was carrying 10 litres of kerosene in plastic drums in the front of the car when he lost control of the vehicle after being reportedly blinded by the sun as he drove along Sinnotstown Lane last Thursday.

As he staggerered out of the car it exploded into flames, the fire rapidly spreading when the drums carrying the kerosene melted, the blazing fuel spilling from them reducing the car to a smouldering wreck.

'I was lucky enough to walk away from the car.. after I unfortunately crashed it,' Mr. Dunbar said in a Facebook post.

He said he had been helped to get away from the blaze by a Howie Moore, 'who stopped right after I got away from the car as it was going up in flames behind me.'

'He got (the) ambulance and fire brigade right out for me. Not the start to this Thursday I wanted but I'm in one piece if a little battered and bruised,' he said.

An emergency services contact said Mr. Dunbar was very lucky to escape relatively unscathed from the accident.

A spokesman for Wexford Fire Brigade urged people not to carry any kind of fuel in a car, but if they did to use metal jerry cans rather than plastic containers.

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