Lucky to be alive
DIRK Cornelis is one very lucky man.
His 1996 VS Commodore station wagon burst into flames on Saturday night 30km north of Proserpine on the Bruce Highway.
Mr Cornelis had been visiting his son in Townsville after he had returned from serving in Afghanistan and was on his way back to NSW.
About 7.20pm he smelt smoke and spotted a clearing on the side of the road. He did a u-turn and pulled over.
As he opened his door to get out of the car he noticed flames coming out of the bonnet.
"I had just fuelled up in Bowen," he said.
"A couple from Proserpine stopped and didn't leave until after the fire fighters had arrived. They then dropped me off in Proserpine."
Mr Cornelis was not injured in the blaze that quickly engulfed his car, but he did lose all of his belongings that were in the vehicle.
"Everything I owned was in the back of the car," he said