Badger sparks car blaze

A VAUXHALL Corsa SRi 1.4 injection car burst into flames when it hit a badger near malton.

A fire crew from Malton station was attended after they received two telephone calls – including one from the driver.

A North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the vehicle struck the animal outside the village of Leavening on a minor road.

He added: “When he got to the next bend the car was alight.”

It is understood that the most likely cause of the blaze was that the badger had dislodged the hot brake shoe causing it to become loose and come into contact with some flammable part of the engine.

The spokesman said: “He got out just in time as it all went up.”

He added that firefighters called an ambulance because the 20-year-old driver suffered some singeing to hairs to the side of his face.