UEA student describes terror when Norwich taxi he was travelling in burst into flames

22:34 21 January 2014

Liban Ahmed

Liban Ahmed


A UEA student has described the moment he fled in terror with five student friends after the taxi they were travelling in suddenly burst into flames.

Liban Ahmed, 21, from Sheffield, was travelling in the back of an ABC Taxis Mercedes minibus with five friends when the driver Scott Squires noticed smoke coming from behind the dashboard and pulled over on Unthank Road, near the junction with Beechbank, at 7.45pm on Monday.

Mr Squires then told the passengers to get out and get up the road where they watched as the taxi burst into flames.

Mr Ahmed, a medicine student, said: “The girls were quite upset and they obviously ran away from the car. They kept screaming ‘Jesus Christ, we don’t want to die.’ It was quite frightening.”

The group were heading to a mediterranean restaurant on Norwich Riverside to celebrate the 21st birthday of their friend Rochelle Joseph when the incident happened.

Mr Squires, a taxi driver for 13 years, arranged for a second taxi to complete their journey.


  • What he Liban forgot to tell us is that he wet his pants and now worries he may fail his medic course due to the horror of a car slowly burning. He is very much glad for the small cash incentive he earned for this tragic story though so not all bad.

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    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Mike, glad it wasn't just me that thought this was a total non-story...honestly, this is just a fame seeker after the nearest thing they are likely to get to their 15 mins...c'mon EDP...don't stoop this low....

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    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Just read this — “The girls were quite upset and they obviously ran away from the car. They kept screaming ‘Jesus Christ, we don’t want to die.’ It was quite frightening.” — This story looks like it was blown completely out of all proportion, once they had left the taxi any danger had long gone. Smoke from dashboard, stop taxi, leave taxi, taxi then burns up with nobody in danger, not much of a story there.

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    mike smith

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Where did they flee? The driver evacuated them safely and swiftly, and they retreated to a safe distance. Well done driver. Shame on you wannabe daily mail hack. There was no fleeing! This paper is a complete joke.

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    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Unless it's carrying hazardous materiels, vehicles very rarely "explode" like in the movies. Instead they quietly burn. Once you're out and upwind so you don't breath in the toxic fumes you're perfectly safe. No "fleeing", no screaming, no fright. Just call the fire brigade and keep the press at bay.

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    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • Fled in Terror - get real !

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    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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