A WORCESTER man has been hailed a hero by friends and family after dragging a driver out of an overturned vehicle moments before it burst into flames.

Rescuer, Steven Burgess, said he heard an almighty smack outside of his house and a man shouting for help in Spetchley on Tuesday evening.

Steven's father, Peter Burgess said: "My son and his partner were in bed at the time, it was around 9pm. They raced downstairs to help when they heard the crash.

"The car was on its side in the hedge outside his house. Steve managed to get to the driver through the branches and dragged him out of the car.

"Moments later the car burst into flames. Steve saved the driver's life."

The 36 year old said it is not something he will forget for a long time.

All three emergency services responded to the incident but the driver managed to walk away with no injuries.

A spokesman for the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: "Two Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews from Worcester were called at 9.09pm on July 28 to a road traffic incident at Alcester Road, Churchill, Worcester where a vehicle had left the roadway and was on its side.

"The vehicle was on fire and was extinguished using one hosereel jet and breathing apparatus.

"Police and ambulance also attended with one male casualty in his 20s, with no apparent serious injuries, handed over to paramedics.

"Alcester Road was blocked in both directions. A check of the vehicle and surrounding area was made using a thermal imaging camera.

"The incident and recovery of the vehicle was left with the police and the incident was closed at 10.31pm."