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One afternoon you witnessed an incident on the road. A car caught fire and the driver was trapped inside. Write a report of the incident
 
To : Police Station

Car Catches Fire Along Jalan Arkid

On 27th March 2011, I saw a car catch fire along Jalan Arkid. The road was quite busy but traffic was moving smoothly despite the congestion. It was one o'clock in the afternoon. I noticed a bright yellow Proton Saga in the distance. It had its high beams on, which was strange. Many motorists began to honk impatiently at him because he was going rather slowly. However, the motorist in the yellow Proton Saga (registration ARR 1234) did not seem to be bothered by the honking. He continued going slower and slower until he finally came to a complete halt just along the side of the road near Giant Supermarket.

As I was waiting at the bus stop just a few meters away, I was able to observe the driver. He seemed preoccupied. I thought he was looking for something. Suddenly, I heard someone yell and point at the car. There was smoke rising from under the bonnet. Before we could do anything, the car burst into flames. We saw the driver unsuccessfully try to open the car door. He became frantic. He was shouting as he pounded on the car window. We stood by, watching helplessly, too shocked to do anything.

Someone must have summoned the police and fire brigade because they arrived within minutes, followed by the ambulance about five minutes later. Unfortunately, it was a little too late for the poor driver. The flames had already died down and he was slumped in the car seat. We could not tell if he was dead or only unconscious.

After the firemen had hosed down the car, they tried opening the car doors but they refused to budge. Obviously, the heat from the fire had jammed them shut. The firemen then proceeded to cut through the metal to get the motorist out. After twenty minutes they got him out. He was carefully lifted on to the stretcher and quickly put into the ambulance and rushed to the nearest hospital.

Meanwhile, a bad traffic jam had built up along the road. Police had to control the traffic. Cones were placed around the blackened car. After half an hour, the jam eased considerably. We heard later that the motorist had sustained some serious burns on his face and arms but was out of danger. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained but was most probably caused by a short circuit.

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high beams   bright front lights
     
frantic   panicky
     
refused to budge   did not open
     
 
 

 

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