- Posted April 11, 2014 by
Deadly Tragedy Narrowly Averted
A Local Hillsville, Virginia man is lucky to be alive tonight after his car ignited while he was driving East bound on US 58 in Hillsville Virginia, just past route 666, also known as Bent Nail Road.
Mr. C.D. Moles was returning home after a short visit to town when commuters noticed the underside of his car was shooting flames as he was driving at speed limit in a 55mph zone. John Flanagan, also of Hillsville was en route to the Post office, heading West bound on U.S. 58, passing Bent Nail Road at aproximately 2:46 this afternoon when C.D Moles Drove past him, unaware that the vehicle was on fire. Acting quickly John called, and the authorities were alerted to the unfolding Disaster. “It looked as if the entire underside of the front of his car was an inferno” John later stated.
Mr. Moles drove more than a mile after authorities were alerted before he realized anything was amiss. Shortly before reaching Silverleaf road, Mr. Moles noticed a hesitation in the engine, then the car just died. Pulling over just before Silverleaf, Mr. Moles got out of the car, still unaware of the fire in between the two front tires. When he raised the hood, white smoke billowed out from the engine well, leading him to think that he was having radiator trouble.
Casey Williams, also of Hillsville, was standing outside her house when Mr. Moles was inspecting his car. “His car burst into flames MAYBE a minute after he got out” She stated. “He kept returning to the engine . . .”
According to Ms. Williams, the local fire department arrived very quickly and successfully extinguished the fire before the fuel take exploded, but not before the flames completely gutted the interior of the vehicle.
“Thank God someone else was calling 911 too” Mr. Moles exclaimed, after he heard that his car has been on fire for at least a mile before he knew anything was wrong.
Had it not been for the timely dispatch of the emergency services personnel, this tragedy might not have had such a fortunate outcome. “I'm sorry to have this story to tell” Mr. Moles lamented in parting, “but I am glad to be alive to tell it.”