This driver is lucky to be alive, but thanks to him, a lot of other people are probably alive too:
It's thought dad-of-two David Perry may have saved dozens from the explosion, which took place seconds before the 11am two-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday.
The male passenger, the only person to die in the suspected terror attack, is reported to have asked to be taken to Liverpool's Service of Remembrance.
That's right. The suicide bomber wanted to go to the memorial service for fallen soldiers that was being held at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. Think of what damage could have been done to the veterans, relatives, clergy, and military leaders there.
After finding out the roads were blocked, the man ‘told Mr Perry to take him to the city centre before asking him to pull in outside Liverpool Women's Hospital'.
A friend said: ‘It was just before 11. David noticed the man had some kind of light attached to his clothing and was messing around with it, it didn't look right at all.
David decided to bail out of the taxi and lock the doors instead of letting the passenger go into the women's hospital.
This is what happened next:
‘I don't know how he's done it with a split second's thought but David's jumped out and locked the car with this guy in the back. As soon as he did, it's gone off.
‘David's the luckiest man in Britain as well as the most heroic, if this guy got in the hospital, God knows what could have happened.'
There's a few opinions on why the bomb went off when it did and why the explosion wasn't as large as it should have been.
- The first theory is that the bomb was timed to go off during the two minutes of silence being observed for the memorial holiday.
- The second is that the bomb misfired, with the initial charge failing to ignite the main explosives.
The suicide bomber was blown out of existence at the scene, while police arrested three men in their 20s in connection to the blast.
As always, the British press didn't release any other details about the bomber lest they be labeled "Islamophobic", but odds are that he probably would have shouted "God is great!" in Arabic before blowing up a bunch of military widows or new moms.