Thursday, 02. October 2014
23. 07. 14. - 15:00
One of India's top polo players has spoken of the moment he almost died when his car burst into flames as he was driving along a busy motorway.
Samir Suhag who plays polo for India was driving with his wife in their Chevrolet when they noticed smoke as they were travelling along the Gurgaon-Delhi express way near the Indian capital New Delhi in the early afternoon.
He said that after climbing out of the car, he had then tried to rescue their luggage, but by then the central locking system had jammed and none of the doors would open. He said: "We could have been killed if we hadn't climbed out when we did, seconds before the central locking jammed. Even the keys didn't work, and I could see the inside was filled with smoke. It would have been impossible to breathe.
"We had been driving slowly anyway as we weren't in a hurry coming back to our home in Gurgaon from Delhi, and it was my wife who noticed smoke coming out of the engine on her side. We took Exit 8 from the highway, parked the car on one side and immediately got out. To check the origin of the smoke, I also opened the bonnet and that was when the flames leapt out at me. It was clear that the fire was going to spread quickly to the rest of the car. It was then I also realised the central locking had jammed. It would not even open when I use the key in the door."
He said he and his wife had bought the car in 2011 and that it had now been collected by the local Chevrolet service centre that were trying to find out what caused the fire.
He added: "The insurance company paid up pretty quickly but it still left us pretty shocked. I mean if we hadn't got out of the car when we did seconds before the central locking seized, I could have died and then no amount of insurance money could have put things right. I was pretty surprised that an upmarket car like this could simply catch fire in this way. Whatever caused the blaze, it was something internal and to do with the engine because obviously it wasn't a fire that was caused by something external."
He said that they had not yet had the report back however from the garage to explain why the blaze had happened.
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