Dramatic video captures blazing fuel truck being driven to safety through Indian city

An Indian man is being hailed as a hero after he jumped into a burning fuel tanker and drove it away from a gas station, leaving a mile-long trail of flames in his wake.

The shocking scene was captured on camera and looks like it was taken straight from a big-budget action movie.

This is the dramatic moment a hero tanker driver, drove his burning truck to safety. See SWNS story SWHERO; A fuel tanker was standing at a gas station when it suddenly caught fire. Fearing for their life everybody started running helter skelter, but the driver of the tanker didn't loose his never. The tanker driver Sajid Khan tried to douse the flames with the fire extinguisher installed in the truck, but it could not dim the effect, so he informed the fire brigade. He pressed on the accelerator of the burning fuel tanker risking his life and drove a few kilometers through the main road of in Gotegaon in district Narsinghpur of Mahdya Pradesh, India. The trail of fire left behind by the burning tanker make the street looked like a river of fire. A few stalls and shops caught minimal fire, burning vegetables and fruit stalls on the way but the fire was extinguished with the help of locals and the fire brigade.

The truck was engulfed in huge flames as Khan drove it from the station.  (SWNS)

The truck was parked at the station in the town of Gotegaon unloading fuel on Sunday night when it caught fire.

After failing to put it out with an extinguisher, Sajid Khan called the fire department and started to make a run for it with others, but then changed his mind and got back into the cab, SWNS reports.

This is the dramatic moment a hero tanker driver, drove his burning truck to safety. See SWNS story SWHERO; A fuel tanker was standing at a gas station when it suddenly caught fire. Fearing for their life everybody started running helter skelter, but the driver of the tanker didn't loose his never. The tanker driver Sajid Khan tried to douse the flames with the fire extinguisher installed in the truck, but it could not dim the effect, so he informed the fire brigade. He pressed on the accelerator of the burning fuel tanker risking his life and drove a few kilometers through the main road of in Gotegaon in district Narsinghpur of Mahdya Pradesh, India. The trail of fire left behind by the burning tanker make the street looked like a river of fire. A few stalls and shops caught minimal fire, burning vegetables and fruit stalls on the way but the fire was extinguished with the help of locals and the fire brigade.

A "river of fire" stretched for over a mile and damaged several market stands.  (SWNS)

Video shows Khan driving the blazing truck out of the station and down an urban road, trailing a “river of fire” behind it that damaged several market stands, but prevented a larger catastrophe in the densely populated center.

Khan drove about three miles before he found a place clear from buildings to pull over, then escaped from the vehicle.

Tanker driver Sajid Khan. See SWNS story SWHERO; A fuel tanker was standing at a gas station when it suddenly caught fire. Fearing for their life everybody started running helter skelter, but the driver of the tanker didn't loose his never. The tanker driver Sajid Khan tried to douse the flames with the fire extinguisher installed in the truck, but it could not dim the effect, so he informed the fire brigade. He pressed on the accelerator of the burning fuel tanker risking his life and drove a few kilometers through the main road of in Gotegaon in district Narsinghpur of Mahdya Pradesh, India. The trail of fire left behind by the burning tanker make the street looked like a river of fire. A few stalls and shops caught minimal fire, burning vegetables and fruit stalls on the way but the fire was extinguished with the help of locals and the fire brigade.

Khan suffered only minor burns to his hands, feet and face.  (SWNS)

“The locals were terrified but rushed me to the hospital," Khan told Indian broadcaster News 18.

Amazingly, Khan only suffered minor burns to his face, hands and feet, and no one else was injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire is not known.