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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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76.

Wayne Gratzky    

Probably his crack pipe exploded and ignited the open bottle of Jack Daniels he was slamming

239 days ago
77.

laura    

I love love LOVE Dick Van Dyke. So glad he's ok!!!

239 days ago
78.

JDI64    

I wonder if there was an ottoman in the road.

239 days ago
79.

Paul    

Don't buy another Jagg....drive a Cadillac!

239 days ago
80.

J.E.B.    

Glad you're okay, Dick! Take care, buddy, you're a national treasure!

239 days ago
81.

Mark    

Newer Jags are keeping the tradition of the brand alive: electrical problems. Just read it's most likely the alternator or fuel injection lines, that those two areas could be the cause. SO IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS AGE! Also, what brand of car did Dick leave Stan Laurel's funeral in? Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PuLYZdTQLc (at 2:20)

239 days ago
82.

Jlea    

Poor guy lives to be 87, and his car almost kills him. Anyone over 60 whose doctor demands visits every three months knows what I mean.

239 days ago
83.

Southpaw    

Wow....glad there was someone there to rescue him. Just looking at the flaming car is harrowing. So glad he was not injured in any way.

239 days ago
84.

JOAN    

Since he married Van Dyke has has accidents why?? Did he not have a fall not too long ago?? Just asking!!

239 days ago
85.

Hot Chocolate    

Energy

239 days ago
86.

Daniel Maddigan    

Thank you Mr. Pennington.

239 days ago
87.

mcpackerfan    

He's 87, why does he still have a drivers license?

239 days ago
88.

JMB_372    

I love Dick Van Dyke! The Dick Van Dyke show is one of the few very best. I hope one day to marry someone like him/Rob Petrie. So glad he's ok! :-)

239 days ago
89.

tom slick    

Ohhhhhh Rob !!! His AKA is: Peter Van Lesbian= Dick Van Dyke !

239 days ago
90.

tom slick    

I heard his GERITOL reading was VERY HIGH!

239 days ago
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