A car bomb in Belfast in October 2014 killed one man, and left a young woman seriously injured.
The attack, which took place on a busy route, left a gaping hole in a busy road, which meant that a taxi driver, named as James McCrea, had to get out of his car and run from the scene.
In a later interview with the BBC, McCrea said that he had done so to avoid being injured in the blast.
“I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t in any danger,” McCrea told the BBC.
“It was an extremely dangerous situation.
I’m very grateful that I was able to save the life of the young lady that was injured.
She’s in the intensive care unit now.”
According to a report by the National Crime Agency (NCA), the man who was injured was a “significant” player in the car bombing, as he was a known associate of the bomb plotters.
The NCA report stated that the driver, who was in his 50s, had travelled from Belfast to the south west city of Wicklow and then back, “as an act of desperation”.
The man who fled the scene was later arrested.
McCrea’s sister, Claire, said that the woman was in a critical condition and needed extensive treatment.
“We’re devastated,” she said.
“I want her to be back in her home and she’s not in hospital yet.
We’re just hoping that she will be able to survive.”
The car bomb killed two people in November 2014, and wounded a number of others, including a policeman.
The NCA said that there were indications the driver had been acting as a “subordinate” to the bomb squad.
The car bombings in November and December last year have led to a series of court cases, in which defendants have claimed their lives while awaiting trial.