Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brave Rescuer Tells of Car Blaze Horror

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brave Rescuer Tells of Car Blaze Horror

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Byline: By Rob Kennedy

Brave Craig Barrow told today how he helped rescue the only survivor of an horrific car crash that killed three people.

Craig, 25, of Woodgate Gardens, Bill Quay, Gateshead, dragged the young lad out of the burning Seat Cordoba just seconds before it exploded after hitting a tree.

He also suffered burns after trying to put out flames with his bare hands in a desperate bid to save the man's life.

Today Mr Barrow, who lives just around the corner from the crash, said: "I was in bed when I heard a loud crash and I ran out and saw the car. The back seat passenger was crying out for help.

"As I got closer I heard the man crying out in the car for help. One lad was trying to pull him out of the back seat but he must have been too heavy or he wasn't strong enough so I dragged him out with another man.

"I've got blisters on my hands because he was on fire and I was trying to pat him out.

"I then realised it was not a good idea to leave him next to the car so we dragged him on to the grass.

"The others in the vehicle were either unconscious or dead. There was nothing that could be done for them.

"But this one lad was conscious and crying out. When I got him on the grass he just lay there not saying anything.

"The car was already in flames when I went out but the guy was begging for help so I had to do something. I couldn't just leave him there.

"There were flames just above his right hip and I put them out using my hands and then used my shoes to try to douse the flames.

"My shoes have got burned plastic and blood on them and my hands are a bit sore but I'm all right."

As reported in last night's Chronicle, Scott Castlehow, 20, of Longrigg, Leam Lane, and Laura Howson, of Kellsway, also of Leam Lane, have been named locally as two of those killed in the terrible smash.

A young woman who also died is not due to be identified until the end of the week because of the horrific burns caused by the inferno. …

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