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Dick Van Dyke

Pulled Out of

Flaming Vehicle

8/19/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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87-year-old actor Dick Van Dyke narrowly averted disaster moments ago on an L.A. freeway -- when his Jaguar burst into flames -- but thankfully, he was pulled to safety in the nick of time.

The hero who rescued him is a guy named Jason Pennington, who tells TMZ, he was driving along the 101 when he saw a car full of smoke on the side of the road ... and an elderly man hunched over at the wheel.

Pennington tells us, he pulled up and ran over to discover Dick Van Dyke struggling inside.

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Pennington says he opened the driver door and pulled the actor out of the vehicle as flames tore through the engine.

We're told Dick was slightly disoriented by the experience but did NOT need medical attention. His wife came to pick him up shortly after and brought him home.

As for the car ... it's toast.

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PureRadiance    

How tragic. . Really hope he's ok. He's such a great Actor. Now he should get a driver to keep him safe. Too bad about his car though. I'm so glad he's safe and feels good.

377 days ago
2.

Azi    

Driving in California SUCKS !!!

377 days ago
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FUT THE SHUCK UP    

I think somebody has a nice reward coming!

377 days ago
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Phreaky    

Poor guy! He's had some really bad luck lately. Hope he is okay!
Legend

377 days ago
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roll3567    

not trying to be ageist, but still driving at 87?

377 days ago
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Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

Should have been left to burn.

377 days ago
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WLou    

Thank goodness a Good Samaritan stopped to render aid.

377 days ago
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VictoriaGirl    

Thank goodness that the guy stopped. It sounds like Van Dyke was inches from death.

377 days ago
9.

Mike L    

Is Jaguar still using Lucas electrics in their cars?

Inside joke for people who know about cars. The rest of you won't understand it.

377 days ago
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Littleluvnut     

Dick Van Dyke is a class act. Glad he is unhurt!

377 days ago
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SiouxCityBoy    

Thankfully the good samaritan stopped and rendered aid. At 87 he should have an aid who can double as his driver. Having such an aid would give him a great deal of safe freedom.

377 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

Are you sure the guy who saved him wasn't George Zimmerman....?

377 days ago
13.

Livvie    

Glad he's ok. Jags suck though. Overpriced c.r.a.p.

377 days ago
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Morticia Cowghoul    

Dang. I sure am glad someone was able to rescue him. He has aged really well too.

377 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

The car tripped over a hassock...

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