Passers-by rescue people from burning car

Published: 8 Dec 2013 09:004 comments

Crews from Bracknell and Wokingham have praised the quick-thinking of passers-by after they bravely rescued passengers and drivers following a collision between two cars last night (Saturday).

Firefighters were told that a Honda Civic, heading towards Bagshot, hit the central reservation and a lamppost near Bracknell Leisure Centre.

It then crossed to the other side of the road landing onto the bonnet of a convertible Audi A5, containing a family of three, and then bursting into flames.

The crews were called to the scene at about 11pm, and by the time they had arrived, everyone involved in the accident had been pulled from both cars.

Firefighters tackled the fire with two hose reels, but also administered first aid along with paramedics, spending more than an hour there.

The family in the Audi A3 escaped with minor injuries but the driver and passenger in the Honda Civic were taken to Royal Berkshire Hospital with leg injuries.

Bracknell firefighter Rob Evans said: "None of the passers-by stopped to take any of the credit.

"Without them this accident would have been a lot more horrific."

Police closed the road between the leisure centre roundabout and the roundabout next to the Harvester restaurant for about three and a half hours while the incident was ongoing.

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  • Smileylogo
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    Dec 8, 12:55
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    I must correct your inaccuracies. I was the driver of the Audi (A5, not A3) and it was myself and my husband, along with several bystanders who pulled the second man from the civic, the first man had been thrown clear. The road was closed for at least 3 1/2 hours, the accident happened at 11pm and the road was still closed, and the car still there at 2.30AM. However, passers-by, local residents and the leisure centre staff, along with the emergency services were excellent and I cannot thank them all enough.

    I have a picture if you would like to publish it??

    Emma Jacob

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  • barrie11
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    Dec 8, 18:36
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    I'm glad that you and the family are all safe and well as well as the two other guys. Would like to say a big thank you to all the people that helped out.

    From Barrie at the leisure centre

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  • RABracknellNews
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    Dec 9, 10:31
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    Hi Emma,

    Thanks for your message. I apologise for the inaccuracies, however this was the information we were given at the time by firefighters.

    It would be great if you could send the photo to us at

    It would be brilliant if we could have a chat with you about the incident too if possible?

    Kind regards,

    Rhodri, Reporter for the Bracknell News

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  • Smileylogo
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    Dec 9, 15:40
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    Barrie - my husband and I popped into the leisure centre on Sunday to thank everyone. Unfortunately none of the staff that had been present were there but we spoke to the duty manager who told us he'd pass on our thanks.

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