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‘Hero’ taxi driver David Perry – who survived Liverpool blast – out of hospital and back at home

Written by on 15/11/2021

The taxi driver who escaped the car explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital has been named as David Perry.

It is understood he has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home.

The male passenger of the car died in the incident on Sunday morning and three men – aged 29, 26, and 21 – have been arrested under the Terrorism Act.

The identity of the person who died hasn’t yet been confirmed.

One person died and another was injured in the fire outside of the hospital
Image: One person died in the fire outside the hospital
Police were called to the scene just before 11am on Sunday. Pic: Chris Neill
Image: Police were called to the scene just before 11am on Sunday. Pic: Chris Neill

A video shows the cab – a black estate or people carrier – slowly pulling up yards from the hospital reception, with a violent blast sending white smoke and debris shooting into the air as soon as it stops.

Emerging from the smoke, the cabbie runs from the driver’s side door as a man in a yellow hi-viz vest dashes to help.

The front of the vehicle is engulfed in flames, but luckily the hospital appears deserted apart from some parked cars when the explosion takes place.

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Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson said: “The taxi driver, in his heroic efforts, has managed to divert what could have been an absolutely awful disaster at the hospital.

“Our thanks go to him and our emergency services, and authorities have worked through the night to divert anything further and we’ve all been on standby and in constant contact to provide any support that’s needed.”

She added: “Well, we knew that the taxi driver had stood out and locked the doors, we knew that early on.”

Earlier, Conservative party co-chairman Oliver Dowden told Sky News it was a fast-moving investigation.

“It is an emerging situation and the home secretary is being kept briefed on it,” he said.

“It is a reminder to us all that the threat of terrorism hasn’t gone away and how much we depend on our police and security services.”

 Sky News

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