Family escapes flames as car burns beachside
By DAWN COHEN
A LENNOX HEAD family narrowly escaped being burnt alive when their car exploded in a collision on the coast road at Skennars Head yesterday morning.
Witness to the accident, Stephen Carr said the couple and their daughter were lucky to survive.
Mr Carr, also from Lennox Head, was travelling north along the coast road at about 11.30am when a white Chal- lenger in front of him slammed into a silver Statesman.
"There was this massive thump. The Statesman was pulled across the road. I heard a child scream," said the 48-year-old grandfather.
"The driver and a woman and a girl, about eight, got out and the car went up like a bonfire.
"They were standing just next to it. I went over to get them away before the engine exploded.
"They were shaking.
"The driver told me he could feel a thud, but he didn't know what it was. Then he saw flames under the steering wheel. That is when they got out.
"Someone had an extinguisher and we tried to put the fire out, but we couldn't. The fire brigade arrived about ten minutes later."
Fire burnt a small section of ground alongside the beach area before being extinguished.