Two members of the public have described to the Cyprus Mail how they helped free an injured man from a car at risk of bursting into flames after a head-on collision in Peyia on Wednesday.
The man is currently in hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, a 72-year-old man, died.
Alex Meredith, 45, and Terry Nicolls, 62, both British nationals, were headed to a work meeting around 2pm in Polis Chrysochous when they witnessed the 72-year old trying to overtake a car and then crashing head-on into a car driven by an Italian permanent resident of Paphos.
“I couldn’t ignore it,” said Meredith. “I would have felt like a bad person if I did not stop.”
After checking and not finding a pulse for the Briton, they quickly turned to helping the other man involved in the accident.
“I had to save his life” Meredith said. “But the engines of the cars after the accident were smoking oil everywhere.”
“My colleague started pouring water on the engine and I ripped the car door off the hinges to take the man out,” he added.
Grabbing him by his arms, Meredith managed to get him to safety.
Covered in blood and glass, Meredith spent about half an hour comforting the injured man, who was in shock, until the police and the fire brigade arrived on the scene.
“I told him it was going to be okay and he would return to his family.”
The Italian man has now been hospitalised in Paphos’ general hospital with multiple injuries including broken ribs. When Meredith called the hospital on Thursday, they told him he is “in stable condition”.
The British pensioner was cut free from his vehicle by the fire service. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.