Driver tells of car fire drama

A MARTLESHAM man today told of the moment his car burst into a ball of flames as he drove along the A14 during rush hour.

A MARTLESHAM man today told of the moment his car burst into a ball of flames as he drove along the A14 during rush hour.

Stephen Timson, 26, was on his way to work on Thursday morning when he heard a rattling noise from the engine of his 15-year-old Peugeot 405.

The next thing he knew, smoke was pouring out of the bonnet, and within seconds he found himself in less than full control of a bonfire on wheels.

The print company designer and former Kesgrave High School student said: “It happened very quickly - I am not sure if I even had time to be scared.


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“I started to pull over so I could stop, then there was another bang and I realised I didn't have my brakes any more.”

He managed to get the car on to the verge where it rolled to a standstill and he got out of the vehicle before it was fully alight.

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“Just after I got out there were several more bangs and flames all over the car - it was like something out of a movie,” he said.

He called the fire service and within ten minutes of their arrival the fire had been extinguished.

The road was closed by the police for around half-an-hour.

Mr Timson said: “As I stood there I saw the queues start to build up and thought, oh no, lots of people are going to be late for work, I hope they aren't too annoyed with me.

“I had thought that if I pulled off the road it would be ok and I wouldn't be in anyone's way, but the police had to close the entire road anyway.

“One of my friend's drove past and saw me and a while later he called me on my mobile and asked if I had a Peugeot for sale.

“It was my first car and I have had it for three years - I never had any problems with it before - we called it 'The Beast' which is a name my girlfriend thought up for it.

“I'd like to apologise to everyone who was late for work that morning because of me, including my dad.”

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