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Mum trapped inside vehicle as it erupted into raging FIREBALL after putting fuel in wrong side of car.

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A brave builder dragged a lucky mum of two from her burning car parked at a petrol station, moments before the pump ignited.

Julie Nicklin, 54, had mistakenly poured fuel into her ‘Smart’ car’s interior through a detachable cap on the other side of the car – not the one containing its fuel tank.

As the mum-of-two turned the key, the fuel ignited.

The 2005 Fortwo Pulse instantly exploded and trapped Julie inside, while other motorists on the forecourt ran for cover.

Julie was rescued by a brave builder

But she had a lucky escape as she was pulled out of the car by a fellow motorist who raced across the forecourt to get to her.

Builder Brian Turner, 54, was behind Julie on the Asda petrol station forecourt in Lancaster, on Friday at 8.15am when he heard a very loud “bang”.

Hero Brian ran straight over to the car and opened the door to get to the terrified woman – at which point flames jumped out of the car and singed all his arm hair.

With flames “everywhere” around him, Brian reached into the car and “dragged” Julie out – who was parked right up against the fuel pump.

He said: “All you could see inside the car was flames – it felt like it lasted forever but it was literally seconds.

“As soon as I opened the door it went bang again and burned my arms, hands and neck.

“She is only a small lady and had the seat right up against the steering wheel so I had to drag her out.

The car erupted into a fireball after Julie turned he ignition

“I finally got her out and was running and dragging her along with me – then we heard another explosion when were about ten feet away.

“The petrol pump nozzle had ignited.”

Brian managed to get teaching assistant Julie to safety about 60 feet away went to check on a work colleague back on the forecourt.

The pair were then taken to the superstore by staff to be checked over – but miraculously Julie was unharmed.

All her clothes and even her glasses were scorched, however, Brian believes what saved her was the fact that the large puffer-style jacket she was wearing did not get set alight.

He said: “If that jacket had gone up I wouldn’t have been able to get to her.

“It’s funny because people keep saying I’m a hero but I just did it – I didn’t think about it.

“I’m just glad I was able to help her.”

Julie, of Lancaster, who admitted Brian had saved her life, said: “Brian needs to be recognised for what he did.

“Everyone else had run away and I couldn’t get out of the car – he saved my life.

“I couldn’t get out because I had parked so close to the pump.

“The car is completely destroyed and and all my clothes were burned – apart from my jacket which was an expensive one.

“It’s a miracle and I will always be indebted to that man.

“It was the most awful thing that has ever happened – but I’m just so embarrassed.

“There is another cap on the other side of the car which looks just like a petrol cap – something didn’t feel right as was using it.”

Fire crews manage to isolate the fuel supply at the petrol pump while police and ambulance teams were also in attendance as a precaution.

The road into the supermarket was closed and paramedics treated motorists for smoke inhalation.

Brian, a grandfather of six, and a builder for a windows firm, went back to work the same day.

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Important Steps to follow in case of vehicle accidents

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It’s important to know and understand how to prevent motor vehicle accidents. However, if the worst happens, would you know what to do? This equally important aspect of understanding road safety is often overlooked.

Thankfully, not all car accidents are fatal. And whatever the degree of damage, while it may not lessen the shock of a collision, it can ease the frustration of both parties if they know what steps to follow to make insurance claims easier.



Know the law

Section 61 of the National Road Traffic Act of 1996 states that in the event of an accident, where: a person or an animal was killed or injured, or any property like a vehicle was damaged, certain steps must be taken in line with the law.

The driver must:

    • Stop the vehicle and ascertain if there are any injuries;
    • Offer the assistance to injured persons;
    • Ascertain the nature and extent of damage sustained;
    • Request the name, address, vehicle registration and driver’s licence details, as well as the identity number of the other party; and
    • Report the accident to the relevant police station within 24 hours.

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According to the act, there are important other rules that must also be observed. The law further specifies that the driver may not take any intoxicating liquor or drug that has a narcotic effect, unless he or she has reported the accident to a police officer

Moreover, no person may remove any vehicle involved in an accident – in which another person was killed or injured – from the position in which it came to rest, until a traffic officer has given permission for it to be removed.

Only if the accident causes total obstruction of a public road can the vehicle be moved, and only after its position has been clearly marked on the surface of the roadway.

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You should also take pictures of the accident scene.

Further penalties during the claim process could come due to driving under the influence of alcohol, without a valid driver’s license for the vehicle being operated, driving an unlicensed or unroadworthy vehicle and not paying your insurance premium, says Tshifularo.

Tshifularo also cautions that you should not let a tow-truck driver coerce you into towing your car without making sure that it is a tow truck authorised by your insurance company.

“Otherwise you could be liable for the costs and have to spend a lot of time and energy trying to track your vehicle down.”

“After an accident, it’s very important to stay calm and rational.

“Arguing over whose fault the accident was or panicking is not going to help the situation. Instead, take charge and follow the procedure in as calm a manner as possible,” Tshifularo says.

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A Depiction of Unity in Diversity – The best picture of the Century

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Men Sometimes needs situations to explain part the reasons for existence is not totally personal, incidents that reminds humanity that in life, we mostly need one another, to either get better, get further or even to survive.

Such is the message that comes to mind at the sight of the picture considered to be the best photo of the Century which has turned sensational on internet, where a Lioness and her Cub were crossing the Savannah but the excessive heat makes walking greatly difficult for the cub.



Meanwhile an Elephant who realized the cub will die in such condition, carried the cub in his trunk to a pool of water, walking side-by-side the Lioness.

Even though they are called wild animals, the sense to ‘recognize a fellow’ ‘help a fellow in need,’ and ‘walk in oneness for the purpose of achieving a goal’ still come to play.

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