Originally Posted by Aidan
Scuttle it, tag it and refloat it.
This is a good reason for people to carry Fire (foam) Extinguishers, cutters for the Positive lead from Battery in your car.
You may one day be unfortunate enough to arrive on a Car crash site with the occupant stuck in the car and it starting to catch fire.
Your choice could be:
Watch them Burn to death,
Go for help knowing they will burn to death,
Put the fire out and cut the Battery cable to prevent re ignition and comfort the occupant whose life you just saved (Let alone the nightmare that you have been saved from for the rest of your life knowing you could not save them).
Just a thought, carry a cutters and big enough Foam fire extinguisher
Funnily enough I did come across a situation like this a few weeks ago. I came across a VW Golf on it's side and nose down on the middle of a roundabout. The car was still rocking and wedged in bushes and rocks at the top. I could hear people screaming so went to assist, It was 2am and nobody else around. The engine bay was smoking and steaming - a small fire had broken out - obviously from the battery but there was no chance of me opening the bonnet or even getting to the fire. I phoned 999 straight away but it was a nightmare - 1st thing was to get them out which is a bit difficult when you are talking to some idiot who asks you what the postcode for the roundabout is!!!!!!!
It is suprising how heavy a car door can be when you are trying to open it vertically. There were 4 teenagers in the car - decent ones for a change. The 2 front seat passengers were fine and they came out quick enough but getting the back ones out was harder. Obviously they hadn't been wearing seatbelts and were in a bit worse shape. Forget trying to asses their injuries etc - they just wanted to get out of there and I don't blame them. In the end I had to pull them up and over my shoulder to get them out.
Luckily there was only a very pretty blonde girl with a broken leg and a boy with some cracked ribs - good job I didn't have to do 1st aid - I would have fainted!!! Fair play it didn't take long for the emergency services to turn up - a paramedic was first followed by a fire engine - 3 ambulances and 5 police cars!!! Mind you it was a Saturday night!!!
By this time a big crowd had arrived - turned out there were about 6 people on their mobiles calling 999 - after the event......
I slipped away as quick as I could - was really ill with flu anyway. In fairness the girl's father had turned up and came over to thank me. I know what it's like to be upside down in a car in pitch black after a high speed crash - what else could I have done?
How the hell the driver managed it I will never know - don't think he had been drinking or on drugs - the roundabout is in the middle of a busy dual carriageway. Probably distracted by the drunks in the back - it's easily done.