WATCH: Heroic driver speeds away burning oil tanker to save lives | The Express Tribune


QUETTA:

Real-life heroes exist and that’s exactly what a Quetta tanker driver proved to be true when he drove a burning tanker on the provincial capital’s Qambrani road to save lives.

In what seemed like a scene from a movie flick, Muhammad Faisal drove off his vehicle when it caught fire at a petrol pump located on the aforesaid road.

“I thought now the oil tanker will explode and I will die,” Faisal said as the video of him driving through fire went viral on media.

Recalling the horrifying moments, he said: “When I saw the fire I rushed to drive away despite the roaring flames.”

As the people saw thick black smoke rising from the tanker and flames they started to shout, pleading to the driver to stop it.

“My primary concern was to save human lives,” the determined tanker driver said who chose to put his life at great risk driving the burning vehicle for around two kilometres.

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Admitting that it was nonetheless a horrifying moment, the brave driver said: “I thought I would die but I was concerned about the population.”

He further explained that every time he would decide to stop, he would see some more people nearby and it would compel him to continue moving. “I was mentally prepared for my death,” Faisal said.

What made the incident scarier and more threatening for the driver is it contained more than 10,000 litres of petrol.

Faisal’s efforts finally bore fruit as scores rushed towards the vehicle once it was stopped and managed to extinguish the flames.

“The provincial government should announce a special prize for this brave driver,” Afaq Ahmed, a resident near Qambrani road, said.

He urged Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Quddus Bizenjo to announce a special prize for the man who saved precious human lives.



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