A HEROIC man who helped pull a woman from an overturned car has spoken of his fear the car might explode during the rescue.
Father of two Phil Elliot was in his kitchen on Tuesday evening when a two vehicle collision left a car on its roof just yards from his front gate.
Mr Elliott, of High Park, Hawarden, rushed to the overturned vehicle where a woman was trapped inside.
He said he was worried the car might explode, but helped get the driver out and to safety.
“I heard the noise of a car crash,” he said.
“I knew straight away. We had another crash a few years ago so I know what it sounds like.
“I was concerned because the car was upside down. I was worried about fuel leaking out but I was also concerned about moving someone who was injured.
“You’ve only got a few seconds to respond.
“The main thing was the fire issue. If it had gone up in flames, it would have been horrendous.”
The ambulance service confirmed the woman escaped without injury.
Paramedics, police and fire crews were called to the crash, which had left a second car pinned against a garden wall, just after 7pm.
The driver and passenger of the second car were able to get out of their vehicle and the driver helped Mr Elliot free the trapped woman.
Mr Elliot, a 45-year-old IT consultant, said the woman was frantic and panicking as she hung upside down.
Firefighters at the scene made both vehicles electrically safe and the scene was cleared within two hours.
Cllr Clive Carver, Flintshire’s councillor for Hawarden, said traffic on the B5125 – known as the Highway – had concerned him for some time.
“A lot of traffic on it should be on the A55,” he said.
“People see it as a shortcut between Ewloe and Broughton.”