A Sunshine Coast man has become emotional as he recalled the terrifying moment he was trapped in his burning car after it burst into flames while he was driving down a Queensland motorway.
Appearing on Sunrise on Monday, Mark Couch, 45, detailed the horrific moment he was trapped after the central locking in the vehicle melted — forcing him to kick his way out the driver’s side window.
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The drama unfolded between the Dixon Rd and Kawana Way exits on the Sunshine Motorway last Monday at 2am, as the man was driving home from Toowoomba.
The married father-of-four said he initially mistook the smoke for “heavy fog” after a bout of wet weather in the region.
Queensland man Mark Couch, 45, has told Sunrise of his lucky escape from his burning car on Sunrise, after it ignited as he was driving down the Sunshine Motorway. Credit: Seven
“I pulled over on the motorway and as soon as I pulled over, the flames got up — I also saw them coming from outside of car (from the bonnet) in no time — so not a lot of time to react,” a clearly still shaken-up Mark said.
The Queensland man said it was a matter of seconds before flames started engulfing the vehicle, with the blaze spreading inside the car — to the passenger side of the cabin from the engine — limiting his ability to get out.
“You’re talking seconds, not minutes,” he said.
“By the time I managed to try the doors and get myself out — the passenger side was well-engulfed,” Mark said.
The Maroochydore man managed to kick out the glass of the driver’s side window, allowing him to escape the inferno, as smoke filled the car.
The car was engulfed in flames after a fire started in its engine while Mark was driving down the Sunshine Motorway. Credit: Seven
Mark said he still didn’t know the cause of the car fire.
“The car itself was a reliable, good car, and no idea as to what happened,” he said.
“We do not know whether it was electrical or mechanical — just no idea as to what happened — I do not think we will ever find out to be fair,” Mark added.
Mark pointed out he was lucky to be alive after the inferno.
“I am thankful that I was only the person in the vehicle and lucky that adrenaline kicked in and made me think about a way to get out of that car quite quickly,” he said.