Thanks to a man dressed as Spider-man, an Eastbourne family is safe after what could have been a roadside tragedy, according the Eastbourne Herald.
On Saturday evening (September 26) Lucy Day, a pregnant woman of Eastbourne, was driving to the hospital with her partner, Stephen Grant, who had cut a finger off in a lawn mower accident. To make a bad situation worse, the family car suddenly and unexpectedly burst into flames.
With the couple and their three year old daughter in desperate need of help, a very unlikely hero appeared.
Tom Roche, an employee of Party Time Wishes, was on his way to perform at a birthday party when he came across the family. Here's the twist: Mr. Roche, who was with his girlfriend Kelly Bayman, was dressed in full costume, as Spider-man!
In a statement from Roche, he said, “We could smell unburnt petrol and could see smoke pouring out from under the car. It was like something out of an action film, I was expecting the car to explode at any second. We tried flagging them down and when they stopped I was shouting at them to get away from the car. We called them over to us and they got in the car. She was saying ‘we need to go to hospital,’ so we drove over there as quick we could. All this while I was dressed in a full-body latex Spider-man costume.”
“You have to laugh when you are having a bad day and suddenly you see that." Said Day, "I did think it was a bit strange, but in the heat of the moment I wasn’t really thinking about it.”
Day and her partner were able to get to the hospital where doctors were able to successfully reattach Mr. Grant's finger. According to fire services, the initial cause of the fire is still unknown, however, a mechanical malfunction is expected to blame.
"We’re concerned that a relatively new vehicle with a reputation for safety and reliability should fail in such a dramatic way. The fact we couldn’t get an ambulance is worrying. It goes to show there is something really wrong with the care available in Eastbourne.” Said Ms. Day. The couple were able to track down Roche and his girlfriend to give them their thanks. "We are so grateful for their help. He was only a young guy and I think he was a bit shaken up by the whole thing. I really want him to know how much it meant. I also want to thank Steve from the A and E who took me and my little girl to the shops to get some sweets while we were in the waiting room. It was such a little thing but it made a really big difference to us."