Lucky driver flees as car catches fire

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spate Of Accidents -

A man had a lucky es­cape when a passers-by warned him of a fire start­ing in the bot­tom of his bro­ken-down car.

The Mercedes had bro­ken down in Bad Mun­stereifel Road, in Ash­ford, around 5.45pm last Wed­nes­day but the driver es­caped just mo­ments be­fore the car burst into flames.

Two fire en­gines, po­lice and am­bu­lance were called to the scene.

Fire­fight­ers used com­pressed air foam and spent about 45 min­utes tack­ling the blaze.

Watch man­ager Jim Smart said: “The car had bro­ken down and ba­si­cally some passers-by saw it was alight un­der­neath. So he warned the driver who quickly got out and then it just burst into flames.”

Paramedics at­tended the in­ci­dent but luck­ily the driver was not in­jured. Emer­gency crews were called to a round­about in Kingsnorth last Friday af­ter­noon af­ter a car over­turned.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened at the junc­tion of Merino Way and Long Length at 1.30pm.

A po­lice spokesman said: “When of­fi­cers ar­rived, the driver was out of the ve­hi­cle and not re­port­ing any in­juries.”

KCC High­ways work­ers also at­tended the scene to deal with an oil spillage.

The road was par­tially blocked and driv­ers ex­pe­ri­enced some de­lays in the area.

Fire­fight­ers be­lieve the blaze had prob­a­bly started due to an engine fault.

Driv­ers ex­pe­ri­enced slight de­lays as the road was shut for about 20 min­utes.

Pic­tures: Martin O’Hoey

A car caught fire in Bad Mun­stereifel Road

Pic­ture: Alex Stout

A car over­turned at Kingsnorth round­about

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