A YOUNG man died in a blazing car after an horrific crash in Huddersfield.
But his friend was saved by an heroic cyclist, who dragged him from the blazing vehicle seconds before it was engulfed in flames.
The cyclist, thought to be an Outlane man, ignored his own safety to drag the 21-year-old man through a smashed window of the car in Milnsbridge early yesterday.
But he and other would-be rescuers could not get near the car again as the flames spread and could only watch as the driver died. He was a 21-year-old Iraqi Kurd. The injured passenger was also Iraqi and 21.
Investigations were continuing today into the terrible car crash in Manchester Road.
Eyewitness Cheryl Jeffrey, 30, praised the heroism of the cyclist and re-lived the terrible moments when the driver died.
She said: "The man deserves a medal. He could have been badly burned, but went to the car to drag out the passenger and tried to get near to save the driver.
"To witness it all was sickening. It made me feel ill, watching that poor lad die, trapped inside. It went up in flames in seconds."
The white Seat Toledo was being driven on Manchester Road at 1.35am yesterday when the accident happened.
The driver was travelling away from Huddersfield when he hit the kerb and crashed into a lamp-post and a wall. The car burst into flames as it spun into the road.
The passenger was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary with severe facial injuries, a broken arm and shock.
The cyclist has been nominated for a commendation by firefighters and the police.
Three fire crews - from Huddersfield, Elland and Slaithwaite - went to the crash scene. The road was closed for almost four hours.
Miss Jeffrey, who lives in a flat in Manchester Road, said it had been a shocking scene.
"I was in bed when I woke to the sound of screeching brakes and a terrible bang. I looked out and saw the car in the middle of the road, with flames at the front.
"I ran outside and saw the lad on his cycle trying to drag the passenger out of the window. He managed to get him out and we carried him into my hallway.
"His hands were all cut and bleeding and he had hurt his leg, and he was in a terrible state.
"The cyclist ran back to the car to try and reach the driver. But within seconds it was all engulfed in flames. The heat was terrible," added Miss Jeffrey.
"Other people had stopped, but no-one could get near. Someone tried to smash a window, but the heat made them move back. Then we thought it was going to explode and we all ran for cover.
"We could see the driver in his seat, with his head on the steering wheel, but we could do nothing. It was sickening."
Witnesses should phone police on 01484 436847.