INTRODUCTION: An Australian motor cycle stuntman has had a miraculous escape while trying to set a world record.
CU: Frank Lennon
GV: tunnel on fire
GV: Lennon toward and into fire tunnel PAN Lennon hits pole tunnel collapses on him.
MV: tunnel - Lennon comes out on fire - officials run up with fire extinguishers - cover him with extinguisher.
CU: smothering him with fire extinguisher
CU: Lennon speaks
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Frank Lennon undertook the stunt to prove he's among the world's best in his chosen profession. Men had died elsewhere in the world attempting the same feat. About halfway along the 100 metre (approx. 109 yards) fiery tunnel Lennon was in trouble and he emerged with clothes ablaze. The promoters had plenty of extinguishers ready in case of just a setback. The firemen didn't miss the threat of the bike's petrol-tank blowing up. There's no doubt Frank Lennon will attempt the world record again. He was quick to point out the flames didn't beat him last night."
(SEQ. 6) LENNON: "No. I ran into a pole."
The world record attempt of course was to successfully pass through 100 metres of burning tunnel. One of the factors that may have led to Lennon hitting the pole was the effect of the flame on his vision. Toward the end of the ride Lennon said his vision was becoming impaired. However he'd definitely be trying for the record again.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: An Australian motor cycle stuntman has had a miraculous escape while trying to set a world record. The attempt took place at the Parramatta Raceway near Sydney on Sunday (17 April). Reporter Kerry Buckeridge describes the attempt.