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Spider-Man saves the day when family’s car bursts into flames

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Spider-Man saves the day when family’s car bursts into flames

via Tom Roche

When Lucy Day’s car burst into flames as she rushed her injured partner to the hospital, her friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swung into action.

A bad day quickly turned worse Saturday for the Eastbourne, England, woman, who’s pregnant with her second child: Her partner Stephen Grant had cut off his finger in the lawnmower, leading Day to pile him and their 3-year-old daughter into the family Land Rover for the mad dash to the emergency room. But while en route, their vehicle caught fire, forcing them to the side of the road.

That’s when, right on cue, Spider-Man arrived. Or rather children’s entertainer Tom Roche, who was on his way to a birthday party dressed in a Spider-Man costume.

“We could smell unburnt petrol and could see smoke pouring out from under the car,” Roche, whose Spider-Sense was obviously tingling, told the Eastbourne Herald. “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.”

“You have to laugh,” Day added, “when you are having a bad day and suddenly you see that. I did think it was a bit strange, but in the heat of the moment I wasn’t really thinking about it.”

Roche and his girlfriend drove the stranded family to the hospital, where Grant’s severed finger was reattached. From there, Spider-Man was off to the birthday party, where he was apparently a hit.

Day later tracked down Spider-Man, in his secret identity, to thank him, telling the newspaper, “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.”

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