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A CLON­CURRY carer is nurs­ing three burnt fin­gers af­ter a lighter ex­ploded while she was driv­ing to Townsville.

Patty Wy­born, 55, was trav­el­ling along the Kennedy High­way when she tried to light a cig­a­rette about 11am on Satur­day and the BIC lighter burst into flames.

“I heard a pop. It sounded like a cap gun go­ing off and then there were flames,” Ms Wy­born said.

“I have never felt pain like it. Labour is a mild headache com­pared to the pain I felt. “It felt like my fin­ger­nails were melt­ing.” The fright­en­ing in­ci­dent oc­curred while Ms Wy­born was trav­el­ling at 100km/ h be­tween Walka­min and Tolga on the Ather­ton Table­land.

She re­called see­ing flames and throw­ing the lighter from the car in a panic be­fore sit­ting on her hand to put the fire out.

Ms Wy­born then drove about 20km to Tolga, say­ing she felt faint due to the pain.

She went to the lo­cal hos­pi­tal where doc­tors gave her var­i­ous painkillers, in­clud­ing mor­phine.

“They ( painkillers) did noth­ing to ease the pain,” she said.

“They ended up hav­ing to give me nerve blocks just to stop the pain. It was agony.”

Ms Wy­born re­quires daily dress­ings to pre­vent in­fec­tion and scar­ring to her fin­gers. “Even now, I can’t stop shak­ing,” she said. The Townsville Bul­letin sent a re­quest for com­ment to the BIC of­fice in France but the com­pany has not yet re­sponded.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

FLAM­ING SHOCK: Patty Wy­born suf­fered burns to sev­eral of her fin­gers when a cig­a­rette lighter ex­ploded while she was driv­ing.

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