After this brush with death, he might have appreciated a lift in the car he turned into a flying machine in one of his most famous film roles.
Dick Van Dyke’s Jaguar caught fire as the 87-year-old actor was driving on the Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles and erupted into a fireball seconds after he was rescued by a passing motorist.
Jason Pennington saw the smoking car at the roadside and rushed to help the driver just before flames ripped through the engine compartment.
The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star sat at the side of the road as fire crews tackled the blaze, but the car was destroyed. He was uninjured and posted a picture of the wreckage on Twitter with the words: ‘Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!’
His wife of 18 months, Arlene Silver, 41, picked him up from the scene following the incident on Monday. She wrote on Twitter: ‘He’s fine, thank God!’ - Daily Mail