Monday, March 14, 2011

VIDEO: Turkish Truck Driver Heroically Saves the Day when Tanker Catches Fire

The footage you are about to see was recorded at a gas station in Turkey. What happened was that a tanker truck caught fire while it was filling the underground fuel tanks, with the fire allegedly triggered by static electricity. People who saw the fire expanding rapidly started running away, fearing an imminent explosion.

However, Engin Koçak, the truck driver, felt he had the duty to do something, so he first attempted to put out the fire with an extinguisher. The blaze was too powerful for that, so he got in the cabin and drove the truck away from the station, risking his own life in order to save the lives of others.

“The fuel tank went up in flames instantly. At that moment, I said, ‘Let something happen to me, instead of the people nearby,’ and got behind the wheel. The tank turned into a ball of flames, but I managed to take it to a secure place. But some cars were burned as a result of the flames jumping from the tank,” said the driver, who reportedly jumped off the truck to save his life when he arrived in a safe area, 1 kilometer away from the gas station.

Thanks to Koçak's heroic actions, no one was hurt in the incident.

Sources: Milliyet & Hurriyet


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