Dick Van Dyke escapes freeway fire

Mary Poppins star is rescued from sports car blaze.

by Jennie Kermode

87 year old Dick Van Dyke, the much loved star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, is recovering today after being rescued from a burning car. He was driving his Jaguar down the freeway just outside Los Angeles when it suddenly burst into flames, and though he managed to pull over onto the hard shoulder he subsequently collapsed at the wheel. Fortunately he was spotted by passer-by Jason Pennington, who noticed that the car was full of smoke and forced open the door to pull him to safety.

Van Dyke was given roadside assistance by a group of nurses who also happened to be passing. Fortunately he did not suffer serious problems and did not need to go to hospital. His wife soon arrived at the scene to drive him home.

The ageing star already owed his life to sharp-eyed rescuers, having been pushed to safety by porpoises a few years ago when he fell asleep on his surfboard and started drifting out to sea.

Share this with others on...
News

Keeping traces Amélie van Elmbt and Maya Duverdier on Dreaming Walls: Inside The Chelsea Hotel

Keeping it simple Paul Solet on partnering with Adrien Brody to make Clean

Schreiber’s crusade for Ukraine Actor spearheads campaign for help at the grassroots

Still waters Ed Accura on changing the narrative with Blacks Can’t Swim: Rewind

Court them in song and rhyme Ethan Silverman on Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs Of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

Fireworks herald return of Karlovy Vary Czech festival back in business with a fanfare and a flourish

More news and features

We're bringing you news, reviews and more from the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.



We're looking forward to,the Fantasia International Film Festival and Outfest Los Angeles.



We've recently covered Sheffield DocFest, the Tribeca Film Festival, Canadian 2SLGBTQ festival Inside Out, the Cheltenham International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Sci-Fi London Film Festival, Brazil's Fantaspoa and New Directors/New Films.



Read our full for more.


Visit our festivals section.

Interact

Win Blu-ray copies of The Burning Sea, plus a trio of films from Studiocanal's Vintage Classics series - The Third Man, The Man Who Fell To Earth and The Elephant Man in our latest competitions.