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Driver in front-end loader extinguishes burning car stuck on flooded Texas street


When heavy rains come, motorists are continually reminded not to attempt driving through flooded streets — some people just never learn.

A driver in Dallas learned her lesson the hard way. Not only did her Mercedes stall and get stuck in the flooded street it also burst into flames.

Luckily enough for her, a driver in a front-end loader appeared from the heavens with a plan — an ingenious plan.

In the story published by the Daily Mail, the front loader is seen with his “load” of water approaching the vehicle. He moves the joystick, and like a skilled first responder, in just seconds he extinguishes the fire.

The Daily Mail reports bystanders cheered as the fire in the Mercedes’ engine was put out.

The car’s driver, Nikki Carmona, didn’t make the best choice trying to traverse the deep water, but thankfully enough, the Mercedes was smart enough to stall right in front of Bane Machinery — a dealer who sells heavy equipment.

“A vehicle stopped in front of me. And when I stopped, the car started smoking inside,” Carmona told WFAA News.

Carmona got out and waded to the side of the road to take cover and didn’t see what happened next.

But the folks across the street at Bane Machinery did, and captured their own general manager’s heroics on cell phone video.

The general manager jumped into one of their front-end loaders, dipped the front bucket into the water and poured a deluge of rain water onto the burning Mercedes, twice, just to make sure it was out, according to WFAA.

The Dallas Fire Department arrived on scene seconds later.

“We pretty much shut down for a while. It was pretty entertaining there for a little bit,” said Samantha Johnson at Bane Machinery who along with co-workers Gina Smith and owner Scott Bane watched the spectacle from the safety of their front porch several feet above the flood.

The owner of Bane Machinery said his general manager jumped right into action.

“He just jumped out there and put it out. Didn’t hesitate and was happy to do it,” Scott Bane tells WFAA.

Derby Elliott, whose car also stalled in the floodwater told WFAA, “It kind of enlightened me to the fact how come I always call the people idiots that drive in high water. And okay … I feel a little bit like an idiot now.”
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