Driver’s ‘lucky’ escape before vehicle engulfed by flames

A DRIVER has made a lucky escape deftly fleeing a burning vehicle before it was engulfed by flames north of Mackay.

By the time North Mackay fire crews arrived at The Leap this morning the car was "fully alight".

It is understood the vehicle caught fire as it was being driven, but the cause of ignition is unknown.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said initial reports suggested as the car was travelling along a "hot substance" dropped from the dash onto the driver's feat followed by a second "bigger chunk" dropping down.

"He's parked the car … on the side of the road … then the car fully caught alight," the spokesman said.

The man was able to pull over to the side of Bonsons Scrub Rd and exit the vehicle before it was fully engulfed by flames.

"He's very lucky," the spokesman said.

The blaze sparked a small grass fire next to the vehicle that fire crews were able to extinguish.

An electrical fault is being considered as the cause but the spokesman said that because of the car's conditions "and because it was well involved with fire on our arrival" it was very hard to pinpoint the cause.

The incident occurred about 8.30am today and the car has since been towed.