Driver miraculously survives the moment his BMW X5 burst into flames while in the fast lane of the M57.
A motorist had to flee from his BMW X5 after it burst into flames. 32-year-old Thomas Porterfield was driving down the fast-lane of the M57 when his X5 decided to get a little hotter than usual. Mr Porterfield managed to escape the £20,000 car, which was given to him as a birthday present three weeks before, just 60 seconds before it exploded.
“I was driving along the motorway, everything appeared to be fine, the vehicle was a-okay, and the next thing there’s flames coming up my windscreen,” Mr Porterfield said. “My silver BMW burst into flames with no warning whatsoever. I managed to get across the hard shoulder and by this time I’m inhaling smoke, smoke is pouring through the vents.”
Mr Porterfield added: “I had to jump over the back-seat because my door was stuck, and I jump out the back door as it goes up in flames. I ran and then I’m stood maybe 20 metres away. The next thing, there’s fuel spewing out of the vehicle and it’s absolutely ablaze now. It’s pouring into the gutter and there’s a line of fire heading towards me. It was like something off Fast and Furious.”
Nine firemen and two engines attempted to put out the blaze, while the motorway was closed southbound at junction one for 45 minutes. Mr Porterfield explained his side of the motorway “was brought to an absolute standstill.”
Mr Porterfield said he felt lucky to be quick on his feet, stating that if his 68-year-old father had been in the car, he may not have been able to make a quick escape with his hip problems. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
“It could have been a tragedy. I love adrenaline sports – I love to dip my toe in that dangerous side – but yesterday was a little bit too close for me, to say the least,” the driver added.