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Dick Van Dyke's Jag burns to crisp

Actor, 87, pulled from vehicle by passerby on L.A. highway

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LOS ANGELES – Veteran actor Dick Van Dyke survived a spectacular car fire unscathed on Monday when a passerby pulled him from his smoldering Jaguar on the side of a Los Angeles-area freeway.

Moments later, the vehicle burst into flames and burned to a crisp.

A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol said Van Dyke was seen slumped over the steering wheel of the Jag before being rescued. Van Dyke, 87, is reportedly fine and his sense of humour intact. He tweeted yesterday that his Jag is for sale “real cheap.” His wife, Arlene, tweeted a video of the roadside aftermath, below, and as you can see the car is absolutely incinerated.

  • Dick Van Dyke's Jag burns to crisp FILE - This Jan. 27, 2013 file photo shows actor Dick Van Dyke at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Van Dyke is fine after his Jaguar caught fire while he was driving on a Los Angeles freeway. California Highway Patrol officer Saul Gomez said Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, that witnesses reported the fire just before 2 p.m. and said that an elderly man was slumped over behind the wheel of the flaming car. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, file)