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Men leap for their lives from flaming van in Shoreham

The Argus: The remains of the burnt-out van The remains of the burnt-out van

Two men who leapt from a moving van just seconds before it exploded in flames described how they thought they were going to die.

Dale McSkimming, 21, and Omar Wright, 24, were on their way to a party when the van they were in caught light.

They described how they jumped for their lives in Middle Road, Shoreham, at 3.20pm on Friday, November 9.

Mr Wright told how they had fireworks in the back of the van when he decided to light a cigarette.

He said: “As soon as I sparked it, the van went ‘bang’.”

Both men leapt from the van and it continued up the road for several seconds before smashing into a lamppost.

Mr Wright said it “blew up” and the fireworks started going off as they raced off.

He said: “I was that hot I ran about a mile to my friend’s house and they chucked water over me.”

His arms were blistered in the incident but his tattoos were not burnt off. Mr McSkimming broke his wrist.

Wall of fire

Yesterday (November 15) Mr Wright said: “I feel lucky to alive.

“It was like a film. There was a wall of fire but as I jumped out I thought: ‘I’m not dying’.

“It was a freak accident and we nearly died.”

Carpenter Mr McSkimming, of Shoreham, added: “My face was on fire and I leapt from the van. As I jumped I broke my wrist.

“I didn’t know where Omar was. I thought he might be still in the van.

“The van crashed into the pole and it went up in flames.

“I thought I might die. It was only because we had the windows open in the van that we got out.”

Afterwards Mr McSkimming was taken to Worthing Hospital while Mr Wright was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital and then the specialist burns unit at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.

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4:55pm Fri 16 Nov 12

fred clause says...

Oh boy fireworjs in the van and they light a fag propper pair of rocket scientists these two.
Oh boy fireworjs in the van and they light a fag propper pair of rocket scientists these two. fred clause
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5:15pm Fri 16 Nov 12

BevendeanBarry says...

Funny this I was only reading a similar story a couple days ago, oh wait a minute its the same one only this time it's got more pictures and a slightly different story but the moral is the same a couple of idiots lighting fags in a van full of fireworks.
Funny this I was only reading a similar story a couple days ago, oh wait a minute its the same one only this time it's got more pictures and a slightly different story but the moral is the same a couple of idiots lighting fags in a van full of fireworks. BevendeanBarry
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5:25pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Tammy Flugh says...

After the comments on Monday's article, I didn't expect we'd hear from them again.
http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/10041890.
Duo_hurt_as_firework
_van_explodes/
After the comments on Monday's article, I didn't expect we'd hear from them again. http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/10041890. Duo_hurt_as_firework _van_explodes/ Tammy Flugh
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11:13pm Fri 16 Nov 12

ICantThinkOfAName says...

Weren't fumes from the leaking petrol from the moped in the van the initial cause of ignition with the fireworks a bonus?
Weren't fumes from the leaking petrol from the moped in the van the initial cause of ignition with the fireworks a bonus? ICantThinkOfAName
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9:21am Sat 17 Nov 12

John Steed says...

Obvously not a works van, smoking is prohibited in any vehicle used for commercial use under the 2007 act. but where do you get this new odourless petrol from? this report seems so laurel and hardy that I expected the keystone cops to have been involved I will not make any remarks as to 6 fingers and webbed feet
Obvously not a works van, smoking is prohibited in any vehicle used for commercial use under the 2007 act. but where do you get this new odourless petrol from? this report seems so laurel and hardy that I expected the keystone cops to have been involved I will not make any remarks as to 6 fingers and webbed feet John Steed
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9:24am Sat 17 Nov 12

menowhere says...

repeat story alert....but wait i still laughed. good call this time argus! some stories are just worth reprinting for comedy value. dumb and dumber breed together and this was their creation.
repeat story alert....but wait i still laughed. good call this time argus! some stories are just worth reprinting for comedy value. dumb and dumber breed together and this was their creation. menowhere
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9:39am Sun 18 Nov 12

voiceofthescoombe says...

Petrol fumes and fireworks and lighting a fag.
Sorry lads that was a potential darwin award.
Petrol fumes and fireworks and lighting a fag. Sorry lads that was a potential darwin award. voiceofthescoombe
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10:02pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Brighton Living says...

bifus and butt head!
bifus and butt head! Brighton Living
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8:03pm Mon 19 Nov 12

mimseycal says...

Ye gawds! Two extant examples of homo floresiensis!
Ye gawds! Two extant examples of homo floresiensis! mimseycal
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3:09pm Thu 22 Nov 12

brightonian57 says...

Now I've seen pictures of them both, it all makes sense
Now I've seen pictures of them both, it all makes sense brightonian57
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3:09pm Thu 22 Nov 12

brightonian57 says...

Now I've seen pictures of them both, it all makes sense
Now I've seen pictures of them both, it all makes sense brightonian57
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11:25pm Sun 25 Nov 12

mictrix says...

couple of c***ts lol
couple of c***ts lol mictrix
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8:24am Mon 10 Dec 12

BHAupnorf says...

Looking forward to their comments again, pure quality, The Chuckle Brothers springs to mind!
Looking forward to their comments again, pure quality, The Chuckle Brothers springs to mind! BHAupnorf
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