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Smart car bursts into flames on M2 - driver gets six penalty points

By Nevin Farrell

Published 11/06/2015

The Smart car ablaze on the side of the M2 near Antrim
The Smart car ablaze on the side of the M2 near Antrim

This was the moment a Limavady motorist became Northern Ireland's unluckiest driver - although things were to get even worse.

Just 20 minutes after Wai Hung Yeung (47) drove away from Belfast after buying a Smart car for his daughter it burst into flames.

Yeung escaped the vehicle, which he abandoned on the hard shoulder underneath a bridge on the M2 near Antrim on March 27.

As smoke engulfed the motorway, police rushed to the scene to close the road and divert traffic.

And when officers spoke to Mr Yeung, what was already a bad day got even worse for him.

Not only was the new vehicle gutted, but it turned out that his insurance didn't cover him to drive it.

At Antrim Magistrates Court on Tuesday, the judge had some sympathy for the driver's plight, fining him just £25.

But the law says six points have to be imposed for using a motor vehicle without insurance.

District Judge Alan White said he had heard of unsuccessful purchases - but buying a car that goes on fire after 20 minutes was very unlucky.

Judge White said Mr Yeung, of Pollys Brae Road, Limavady, who was not present in court, had bought the car for his daughter and the fire meant he had lost the money he had paid out minutes earlier.

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