SHOCKING pictures show the moment a crashed car explodes into a fireball as hero off-duty firemen drag rescue a family from the burning wreckage.
Craig Jones and Ed Durante saw the incident and rushed to help the five people trapped inside a vehicle which had hit part of a bridge on the A38, near Chudleigh,in Devon before catching fire.
Ed Durante (pictured) and Craig Jones came to the rescue of a family as their car burst into flames after crashing[/caption]
The moment a crashed car explodes into a fireball[/caption]
The vehicle reportedly struck a bridge[/caption]
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service tweeted to praise Ed at the time — who is a Watch Manager, as well as a paramedic with South Western Ambulance Service.
They said: “I’m sure more information will come out, but this afternoon our very own @CM_ParaEDurante came across a serious RTC Road Traffic Collision whilst off duty.
“He has single-handedly rescued a family of five from a burning vehicle!
“A true #Hero and #Legend. Fire control salutes you Ed.”
But modest Ed was quick to clarify he had help from another off duty fireman from the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.
Referring to Mr Jones, he replied: ‘Thank you @DSFireUpdates. Important to mention another off duty Firefighter from @CornwallFRS who also rescued casualties.
“So lucky to have a large array of off-duty medical clinicians and a police officer to assist with the treatment and triage of casualties also.”
One person was taken to Derriford Hospital while two others were sent to Royal Devon and Exeter hospital, reported Devon Live.
Area manager for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Gerald Taylor said: “We’d like to thank all who helped at the incident and hope those who were in the car make a speedy recovery.
“It’s also a timely reminder of the need to take care when driving in heavy rain.”
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A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson added: “Police were called to reports of a serious single-vehicle road traffic collision on the A38 near Chudleigh just after 4pm today.
“The vehicle was reported to be on fire at the scene.
“The collision was also attended by the fire service and ambulance crews.
“The A38 was closed in both directions for a time to allow emergency services to manage the scene but the northbound carriageway was reopened at around 6.15pm.
“Five casualties have been taken to hospital, two with serious injuries and three with less serious injuries.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to call 101.
The car the family were travelling in crashed and caught fire on the southbound A38 near Chudleigh, south Devon[/caption]