FAM­ILY ES­CAPES IN­FERNO

Mother and three kids ‘lucky to be alive’, flee­ing SUV sec­onds be­fore the car bursts into flames

The Western Star - - Front Page - Ellen Rans­ley ellen.rans­[email protected]

AN AF­TER­NOON trip to nanny’s house al­most ended in tragedy for one Roma fam­ily.

Taryn West pulled her three chil­dren from her car shortly be­fore flames en­gulfed the ve­hi­cle.

A MOTHER and her three chil­dren are “lucky to be alive” af­ter their car burst into flames.

Taryn West and her kids were on their way to visit her mother when her Dodge Jour­ney SXT be­gan bil­low­ing smoke.

The Roma mother pulled her car over on Charles St South about 2pm on Wed­nes­day, pulling her chil­dren and nappy bag from the car just be­fore the ve­hi­cle was fully en­gulfed in flames.

“I no­ticed the smell of smoke so I pulled the car over,” she said at the scene on Wed­nes­day.

“As I stopped the car I no­ticed the smell got even worse, so I just got the kids out of the car and told them all to move. It seems like it’s an oil leak... there’s oil all over the road.

“I called mum and she got all the kids away and we just watched the car go up in flames.”

It took fire­fight­ers about 40 min­utes to ex­tin­guish the in­ferno.

Ms West pur­chased the 2010-model car nine months ago, and had just re­ceived the car back from her Sunshine Coast dealer af­ter four months of main­te­nance work.

“It had a bad smell, and that’s why we sent it away,” Ms West said.

“Four months it’s been away to get fixed, which seemed a bit dodgy.”

Ms West’s mother Kayleen said it was a mir­a­cle no­body had been se­ri­ously in­jured.

“This could have killed my fam­ily,” she said. “They were on their way to pick me up to go down town.

“We could have all been in the car — or it could have hap­pened on the high­way.

“Thank God no­body was hurt, but that was scary.”

Fire­fight­ers, po­lice and paramedics all at­tended.

Ms West and her nine-month-old son were trans­ported to Roma Hospi­tal.

The fam­ily is now in need of an infant car seat.

If you are able to help, phone the West­ern Star on 4578 4104.

PHOTO: ELLEN RANS­LEY

IN­FERNO: Taryn West and her three chil­dren are “lucky to be alive” af­ter their car caught fire on Charles St on Wed­nes­day.

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