The 87-year-old legendary performer told TMZ, he was driving along a Calabasas highway when he heard a popping sound which he attributed to a tire gone bad. "It just started making a noise. I thought I had a flat at first, then it started smoking, then it burned to a crisp," the star of the famed 1960s sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke Show," later told TMZ at the scene. "It was scary."
Van Dyke managed to pull the very pricey ride over to the shoulder of the freeway to make a call to the DMV from his cell phone. Motorists who witnessed the incident, thought the actor had passed out because he appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel, calls to 911 reportedly reflected this consensus.
Luckily, the "Mary Poppins" star was dragged out of the four-wheeled inferno onto safety by Jason Pennington, who just happened to see the incident and jumped to save Van Dyke. The acting icon was then tended to by a fireman, nurse and policeman who had all stopped to offer their assistance as well.
Van Dyke, seemed to be uninjured by the blast, as he was able to speak to a TMZ camera crew and appeared to be in great spirits, laughing and even making light of what could have been a devastating tragedy.
Meanwhile, the totally charred Jaguar XJ with its hefty price tag of upwards of $73,000 looked like a bomb had ripped it to shreds, after the fire had been extinguished.
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