Driver badly burned by radiator

Last updated 11:47 29/01/2014

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A Wellington man has been taken to hospital with potentially life-threatening burns to a third of his body after he pulled over to check a car radiator and it exploded in his face.

The man, aged in his 30s, has been rushed to Hutt Hospital's emergency department with scalding to about 30 per cent of his body after the incident on Russell Street in Berhampore at about 4.30pm yesterday.

It is understood the driver had pulled over to check an overheating car and had opened the bonnet to check the radiator, which exploded, scalding him with boiling hot water.

The right side of his face, his flank and abdomen were all burned, a Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said.

The man was taken to Hutt Hospital which houses a specialist burns unit as his injuries were potentially life threatening, a Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said.

His injuries were described as ''partial thickness'' burns, colloquially known as second-degree burns to the second layer of skin.

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