Actor Dick Van Dyke was rescued from his burning vehicle, which was pulled over to the curb of a Los Angeles freeway Monday afternoon. Van Dyke's smoking white Jaguar burst into flames after the 87-year-old actor was pulled from his car, reports CBS News on Aug. 19.
Van Dyke was not injured, though he was said to be understandably disoriented. Passerby Jason Pennington saw a man slumped over the steering wheel of his smoking car. Running over, he roused the driver and pulled him to safety. This YouTube clip, from mynewsupdates, appears to show the rescue firsthand.
Van Dyke’s wife, the much younger 41-year-old Arlene Silver, drove to the scene and picked up the actor, who declined medical attention, and later tweeted that he was doing fine.
Always the comedian, Van Dyke himself tweeted a pic of his burned out Jaguar with the heading: “Used Jag for sale REAL CHEAP!!”
At the scene, Van Dyke told TMZ they he was not passed out in his car.
“They thought I had passed out so they yanked me out of the car,” Van Dyke said. The actor called the incident “very exciting.”
“It just started making a noise. I thought it had a flat at first, then it started smoking and it burned to a crisp,” Dick said of his car.
Van Dyke started his career as a radio DJ in the late 1940s, before moving on to Broadway with his memorable roles in films like "Bye Bye Birdie," "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Most recently Van Dyke has appeared in the movie "Night at the Museum" and in the TV series "Murder 101."