A van driver saved a man from a burning car on Victoria Way in Charlton this morning.
The van driver noticed that the man in the car coming in the opposite direction had slumped over his steering wheel and that the car was veering into his path.
They hit head on and the van driver noticed that the man in the car was unconscious with his foot on the accelerator. It is believed that this caused the car to catch fire, acting quickly the van driver smashed the window and dragged the man out of the car.
Crew Manager Peter Davies said:
“The van driver undoubtedly saved the man’s life. When we arrived the car was completely engulfed and two firefighters from East Greenwich did an excellent job of getting the fire under control quickly while other firefighters gave oxygen to the now semi-conscious car driver.
I will be recommending that the driver of the van receives a Brigade commendation for his actions.”
The car driver was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews.
The Brigade was called at 1044 and the incident was over at 1117.