Man miraculously survives intense van blaze after fiery crash
Footage has emerged of the moment a man’s van burst into flames following a crash in Mandurah.
The 62-year-old was driving along Pinjarra Road when he crashed into the rear of a stationary car with its hazard lights on.
The collision sent the car in front of him 30 metres forward, giving both passengers in it whiplash, while his van erupted into a four-wheeled inferno.
Smoke billowed through the air as the man was helped, disoriented, but alive, from his car by an off-duty paramedic.
Witness Ra Witehira told 7 News the man had burns all over his shoulders.
“His shirt was pretty much burnt to shreds,” he said.
“He had fallen out so I just picked him up.
“He was burning a bit [so I] had to pat him down.
“[He was] very lucky.”
Workers at a car dealership across the road tried to douse the blaze with a fire extinguisher but it was too intense.
By the time fire fighters arrived there wasn’t much left of the van.
Luckily, its driver is in a stable condition in hospital.
He’s suffered burns to 30 per cent of his body.