Nurse pulls man from burning car in Rush Green

Nurse Mags Chineah rushed to the aid of a driver following a crash in Romford on her way to work – pulling a man in his 50s from his car as his bonnet went up in flames.

Mags, who has worked at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust for almost 30 years, said: “I saw a car crash into a sign on a mini-roundabout and could see flames under the bonnet straight away. I was worried it would explode so I jumped out of the car and sprinted over.

“He was in shock so wasn’t moving very fast so I helped pull him out and got him away from the car as quickly as I could. I was completely acting on instinct.”

The fire brigade was quickly on the scene of the crash in Dagenham Road, Rush Green, on Monday October 4 and put out the flames.

It was by chance Mags was even there, she was being driven to work by her daughter and was running late.

Her daughter Nicole called 999 and once Mags had checked both drivers were okay, she headed into work.

It’s not the first time the mum-of-three has helped in an emergency, she’s often gone to the aid of people who have collapsed in public, including once on a plane.

She added: “I never panic in an emergency and it doesn’t bother me to run towards a situation. In this case it was the first time I’d sprinted in years – and I think I pulled something!”

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