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Dick Van Dyke ‘fine’ after rescue from his burning car

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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)

By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather

Los Angeles Times (MCT)

First published Aug 19 2013 07:21PM
Updated Aug 19, 2013 07:25PM

Los Angeles • Dick Van Dyke was pulled from his burning sports car Monday afternoon after it caught fire on the 101 Freeway in Calabasas, according to California Highway Patrol officials and his personal Twitter account.

Although the agency did not identify Van Dyke by name, he and his wife both tweeted photos of the scorched vehicle.

"He’s fine thank God!!" Arlene Van Dyke wrote.

California Hxighway Patrol responded to a report of a burning vehicle on the right shoulder of the eastbound 101 Freeway near Parkway Calabasas about 2 p.m., according to the agency’s incident log. The log noted that the driver was still inside, possibly unaware that the vehicle was on fire.

Two off-duty nurses apparently went to the aid of the driver, according to the log.

Two eastbound lanes of the freeway were briefly closed.

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