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Dick Van Dyke

Pulled Out of

Flaming Vehicle

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

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.

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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Hey ,Dick I think that you could buff it out and touch it up a little and it will be ok?

241 days ago


Thank Jason Pennington he is safe.

241 days ago

Randy L    

It looks like we almost had a flaming Dyke!

Glad everyone's OK.

241 days ago

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241 days ago


Thank you Jason Pennington for saving a great idol. So glad Dick is ok!

240 days ago


Should have been driving a Tesla Model S. Safest car in the world according to the NHTSA

240 days ago


Take a gullp of peto bismal but pay for it this time. You know what I am talking about.

239 days ago


Does anyone but me think that it is odd a new car like this burst into flames? Just a thought but maybe it should be checked out for sabotage. Someone in the will may be getting anxious.

239 days ago
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