Have-a-go hero drags driver from smoking wreckage of crashed car

A man has revealed how he instinctively reacted to rescue a motorist from a smoking car that had flipped onto its roof.

Ben Bromham was outside the Aldi supermarket in Southway when a two-vehicle collision happened before his eyes.

He told PlymouthLive immediately ran to the scene and managed to pull the trapped driver to safety.

The 24-year-old says he only did what he hopes other people would do for him in similar circumstances – but he did notice others stood back to film the scene on their phones.

Two vehicles were involved in the incident
(Image: Bradley Darlington)

Fortunately nobody was badly hurt, though police and ambulance were called to the scene.

Ben sustained scratches on his knees from kneeling on the ground.

He said: “i heard lots of beeping and then saw the car flipping over. You see this sort of thing in films but when it happens in front of you you just react.

“I ran over to help. Everybody just grabbed their phones to take pictures which was strange.

Debris has been scattered across the road

“The guy was inside and just asked me to help him. I started pulling on the door and we managed to open it.

“Once I got him out another older gentleman came over and asked if the driver was all right.

“The car was smoking and there was oil on the road. It did flash through my mind that it might catch fire.”

Ben helped the driver get a safe distance away and the pair waited together until police and ambulance arrived.

Pictures from the scene showed debris scattered across the road following the incident on Southway Drive.

Parts of the damaged vehicles covered the road, along with a ‘give way’ sign that was knocked to the ground.

“I rolled him a couple of cigarettes. I was having a smoke outside the store when it happened. We sat and had a chat.

Ben Bromham
Ben Bromham has revealed how he sprang into action

“He was obviously shocked by what had happened. Hopefully he is OK though. I walked past later and his dad thanked me and shook my hand.

“Once the car flipped over I just thought I had to get him. If I was in that situation and no one helped me I would have been quite upset so it was only right that I did help as best I could.”

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “The incident was called in at 2.30pm – two vehicle collision and one is reported to be on its roof.

“Occupants are out of the vehicles and reported to be OK. Ambulance is en route to scene.

The road reopened at 5.45pm.

Plymouth Live