Man pulled from burning car on highway

2012-10-29 11:32

Cape Town - A Cape Town tow truck driver has pulled a man out of a burning car on a highway, it was reported on Monday.

The Daily Voice reported that Ruan Heynse, 25, lost consciousness when he crashed his car on the N1 highway, near Kraaifontein, on Saturday.

Tow-truck driver Chadley Theron was at an accident scene nearby and rushed to Heynse's vehicle.

"When I got there, the car was on fire. I tried to open the driver's side door, but nothing happened. My face was hot from the heat but I ran to the passenger door and luckily I could get it open," he told the newspaper.

Theron grabbed Heynse by the shoulders and tried to pull him out of the car, but his foot was stuck.

"I kept thinking the car could explode at any moment. Then I immediately called the ambulance and fire department."

Heynse gained consciousness a short while later and told Theron where he lived so his family could be informed.

He was recovering in hospital with a broken leg and burn wounds.

Theron, who turned 37 on Saturday, said he would never forget saving a man's life on his birthday.

  • berni.venter - 2012-10-29 11:49

    Now this man deserves recognition! Do we have awards for hero's like this? Come on Western Cape, lead as usual and award this man a medal!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-10-29 11:58

      Well done tow truck driver, you deserve a medal!!!!!

      Gichumz - 2012-10-29 12:20

      Give that man a new truck!

  • Jo.Davies123 - 2012-10-29 11:51

    Good for you, well done. I know a lot of people who would not have risked their lives to save someone they don's know.

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-29 11:51

    Give that man a bells. A job well done tow-truck man even though i dislike most of tow-truck drivers

  • Andrea - 2012-10-29 11:56

    So nice to read a heartwarming story like this, well done Chadley!

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-29 11:57

    Well done, I hope he gets the recognition he deserves.

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-10-29 12:01

    A brave man

  • Antipoaching - 2012-10-29 12:03

    what a boykie!

  • kingswing69 - 2012-10-29 12:06

    you are a HERO well done . not many people will have the balls to do what you did.

  • renaldo.beukes - 2012-10-29 12:11

    Well Done..

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-29 12:18

    Anything to get a tow.... JK.

  • roz.mills3 - 2012-10-29 12:21

    We applaud you... a real hero. Thank you for caring enough to risk your own life to save another.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-10-29 12:21

    Goeie werk, Chadley Theron!!!

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-10-29 12:25

    Well done. You have just given a man another birthday.

  • neil.kroese - 2012-10-29 12:38

    "Theron grabbed Heynse by the shoulders and tried to pull him out of the car, but his foot was stuck." So when did he actually pull him out?

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2012-10-29 12:45

    Well done Chadley Theron, you are the type of person who is an inspiration and has restored my faith in humanity. Bless you and yours

  • Forgotten - 2012-10-29 12:46

    Such a heart warming story!!! Good Job!!!

  • riffak.traws - 2012-10-29 12:54


  • john.omar.161 - 2012-10-29 12:54

    wwwfatalmovesdotcom salutes this tow trucker...indeed, in an age when tow truckers are the 'bad guys', there comes along a knight...You are just that Sir. Well done. wwwfatalmovesdotcom...creating safer drivers

  • gideon.keyser - 2012-10-29 13:05

    well done. If it was a movie the car might have exploded

  • jess.wags.5 - 2012-10-29 13:27

    Give that man a Bell"s.

  • uwe.merkle.5 - 2012-10-29 14:15

    Good man!!

  • phumla.dyosi - 2012-10-29 15:58

    Da truckdriver did a gr8 job nd it shows dat SA have humanity nd gve dat man a BELL big up 2 u man

  • ian.vanhelsdingen - 2012-10-29 16:33

    "Theron grabbed Heynse by the shoulders and tried to pull him out of the car, but his foot was stuck."....and then what happened?? How did he get him out if his foot was stuck...bad reporting news24...

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-10-29 18:04

    Well done Chadley.You deserve recognition and i also have to say "Give that man a Bells"

  • normboolalor.scizaar - 2012-10-30 00:56

    Wow! We need to pray b4 living our homes! We don't know what 2mrw holds 4 us! Praise the Lord!!!!

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