Lucky escape for driver as car explodes on busy street
A TAXI driver had a lucky escape when his car exploded on a busy Dublin street, minutes after he got out of the vehicle.
Istiaq Ahmad had been working a shift at a taxi rank on Parnell Street when he smelled smoke coming from the car.
Mr Ahmad (35) stepped out of the car to check the bonnet, which was spewing heavy black smoke.
After initially getting back into the car, he got out again as the fumes became overwhelming.
The driver had only been out of the car five minutes when it burst into flames in front of dozens of onlookers and a plume of black smoke swept down the road towards O'Connell Street.
It is believed to have been a mechanical fault with the car.
Mr Ahmad, from Pakistan but now living in Coolock in north Dublin, told the Herald that he's just happy he came away unscathed.
He said that while you can always buy a new car, a life is a lot more precious.
"I checked the bonnet and could see more smoke there, so I got out of the car and a few minutes later it just exploded in front of me.
"I'm still in shock," Mr Ahmed said.
"It's a 2009 car, but if you look at it now, it looks more like it was from the 1970s.
"I'm just happy I'm safe. If I had been in there I could have been in a very serious condition right now," he added.
The incident took place shortly after 2pm yesterday with emergency services arriving on the scene at approximately 2.30pm, while Mr Ahmed provided a statement to gardai.
Nobody is believed to have been injured during the explosion.