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Four cars engulfed in flames in Bentleigh car park crash

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22 Jan 2013
An elderly gentleman was dragged from his blazing car by a passer-by following an accident in a public car park in Bentleigh shortly before noon today.

His intellectually disabled passenger was able to get out without assistance but was not able to free the driver whose leg was pinned under the dash.

The accident occurred when the driver lost control while parking in the public car park in Bleazby Street, Bentleigh, and careered into three other vehicles. 

The driver of a delivery van saw the accident and rushed to the man’s aid.  He freed his leg and dragged him out of the passenger side door as flames spread to engulf all four vehicles involved in the accident.

A woman sitting in the first car hit by the runaway vehicle was able to get out safely and despite the damage to her car, was just relieved that no pedestrians or children had been hit.

Fire crews took almost an hour to douse the flames due to a lack of hydrants in the car-park area and had to call on an additional truck to help supply water.

MFB Commander Robert Dean has praised the actions of the delivery driver that undoubtedly saved the elderly gent from horrific burns and most likely his life.  Commander Dean said that he would be recommending the delivery driver for a bravery award.

A total of five appliances and 15 firefighters attended the scene.

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