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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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152 COMMENTS

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61.

Obvious justice    

Saved by an angel. Truly HUD guardian angels were there to protect him

400 days ago
62.

careshare    

Thanks goodness, a happy ending and what a brave man to pull him from a burning vehicle!

400 days ago
63.

awesomewave    

Jaguar has some explaining to do.

400 days ago
64.

awesomewave    

Man, the "Technical Difficulties" on this site SUCK!

400 days ago
65.

Jorge    

I think Jags are gorgeous inside and out. They've had some of the most beautiful designs of any cars. The 63 e type convertible is my favorite. I own a Jag and it was great until right after 50,000 miles then it started having problems. Was going to trade it in but decided to fix instead. Wrong choice. Have spent about 9K in the last year and a half on repairs. Anyway, the important thing is that he's ok and that this good samaritan was there to help him.

400 days ago
66.

Elizabeth    

Dick Van Dyke is a true legend in the entertainment field and a wonderful person from what I have seen on television over the year's.. So thankful, that he was rescued by the quick thinking gentleman that stopped by and helped Dick Van;

I hope for many healthy, safe year's for Dick Van Dyke!

400 days ago
67.

Amanda Woodward    

Dick Van DykE Is Still Alive?

400 days ago
68.

Sandy    

RYUGA, obviously from what I'm reading on other's comments, you are one of those sad, attention-seeking people who need to use shock value to get any type of recognition (whether it's good or bad). How pitiful you are! Dick Van Dyke is a real class act - something apparently you will never know anything about.

400 days ago
69.

STFUP    

He still looks damn good for 87! I'm glad he's OK.

400 days ago
70.

connie    

Everybody loves Dick Van Dyke! :) Happy God sent a guardian angel to rescue him.

400 days ago
71.

Dave    

Hmmm Jaguar, sounds a little fishy

400 days ago
72.

Chris Zylka    

Obviously driving age has nothing to do with a car catching fire and exploding with no other car or any impact involved! People are so quick to blame age for something that could happen at any age. So glad he was helped before the car went up in flames.

400 days ago
73.

Cindy    

I am glad Dick Van Dyke was rescued in time.
Three cheers to the hero!

400 days ago
74.

Linda MC    

I don't know why anyone would buy a Jaguar, they have always been trouble, even Jaguar mechanics couldn't fix their problems, and here it is 20 yrs., later and they still are having the same problems. Junk, they look good but they are junk.

400 days ago
75.

tmoschetti    

"Van Dyke narrowly averts car disaster"

I understand that Mr Van Dyke was in a Government Motors showroom preparing to puarchase a Chevy Volt when a friend talked him out of it.

400 days ago
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