Driver rescued from carpark inferno
Cars on fire after a driver crashed in a Bentleigh carpark. Photo: Courtesy Channel 7
An elderly motorist was saved from a horrible death after he was rescued from his burning car in a supermarket carpark in Melbourne's south on Tuesday morning.
The man lost control of his car and drove into two others in the IGA supermarket carpark off Centre Road in Bentleigh just after 11.30am, according to the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.
All three cars caught fire and then the fire spread to a fourth, said MFB operations commander Rob Dean.
Mr Dean said the elderly man, who he said was in his 70s, would have "certainly" died had he not been rescued by a passing delivery man.
"A gentleman delivering goods to shops nearby saw the pandemonium and rushed across and dragged the elderly guy out of the vehicle. He was trapped by the leg and he dragged him out while the vehicle was on fire," said Mr Dean.
"Most certainly if he hadn't been dragged out of the vehicle he would have died."
The delivery man, Valdo Prsa, told Fairfax Media he acted without thinking.
"I realised the car was on fire and the only thing I was thinking was how to get him out quick smart," he said.
Mr Valdo said the elderly man's leg was trapped in the driver's door.
"I managed to pry the door open for him to get his leg out," he said.
"I ran around to the other side of the car and dragged him out."
Mr Valdo said the elderly man had a lacerated leg and was in "total shock". "He couldn't walk, he couldn't stand up, he couldn't talk. I had to carry him along."
A spokesman for Ambulance Victoria said the man was treated at the scene but was not taken to hospital.