Hero pulls driver from burning car in Milton Keynes

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A man who risked his life to save a stranger trapped in her car after it crashed and burst into flames has been hailed a hero.

Gary Jacobs, 41, of Beanhill, was driving along H8 Standing Way in Furzton on Monday morning, when he saw a car veer across the roundabout at the Watling Street junction and smash into a row of trees.

Burning car

Burning car

Instinctively Gary decided to turn back and help – not knowing his actions would mean the difference between life and death.

Gary said: “When I got there she was in shock; she couldn’t feel anything from the waist down so she was calling her family.

“While I was on the phone to the ambulance, I turned round to see smoke coming from the bonnet and so I knew I had to get her out.

“She couldn’t move so I had to say to her, ‘I’m sorry darling, this is going to hurt, but I have to get you out’ because the flames were getting bigger.

“She was in a lot of pain, but I had to pull her out – I couldn’t leave her like that. I didn’t have any other thoughts other than if I can help, I need to help and if the car goes bang, it goes bang. It was just instinct.

“I don’t know what would have happened if it had been a few minutes later, but I would still have tried to save her.”

Gary managed to drag the driver out of the car just in time as, just moments later, the front seats were engulfed in flames. The fire service arrived shortly after, later praising Gary for his efforts.

But Gary was quick to play down his heroics, instead saying he is just happy to know the victim is on the mend.

He said: “She rang me when she left the hospital and thanked me for saving her life. She’s doing well, luckily nothing was broken but she’s badly bruised.

“It was really nice to hear from her and know she’s OK, but what I did was nothing; I was just helping someone who was in trouble.

“It just so happened the car went up in flames. My friends have sent me messages saying I’m a hero, but I’m not all that; I’m just an average Joe Bloggs.”

A spokesman for Bucks Fire and Rescue said: “We never encourage people to put themselves in positions of risk, because of the danger of becoming an additional casualty.

“However, this was a selfless, public-spirited act which clearly prevented the outcome escalating into something far worse.

“We are relieved he came to no harm and hope the driver makes a full and speedy recovery.”