Gas Explosion MAN CATCHES ON FIRE When Car Plows Into Gas Station | RedCowHills
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n out of control car slams into a gas station, setting a man on fire. Chris Porter was walking back to his car in Clarksville, Tennessee when he sees another car barreling toward him. Unable to get out of the way, flames go everywhere when the car hits the gas pump, including on Porter. He was rushed to the hospital in critical but stable condition. The driver of the car was not injured. According to Clarksville Police Department Officer Charles Gill, the vehicle went into oncoming traffic and left the roadway, striking the gas pump at the Exxon at 715 S. Riverside Drive, causing an explosion and injuring one person.
Ray Williams of the Clarksville Fire Department said a male pedestrian had left G’s Pancake House to make a purchase at the gas station convenience store and was exiting when the accident happened.The man was walking through the parking lot and was able to avoid being struck by the vehicle but was unable to avoid the fire from the explosion. “He was an innocent bystander just caught up in the fireball,” said Williams, who stated the man had third-degree burns on 40 percent of his body.
Williams called the burns “severe and life-threatening.” According to Williams, Lifeflight could not be used at the time of the incident due to weather, and the man was taken by ground transport to Gateway Hospital for eventual transfer to the burn unit at Vanderbilt University. Williams said the fire department received the alarm at8:14, response time was three minutes and that the fire was put out three minutes later.
“The automatic (gas) shut-off worked like it was supposed to,” Williams said, “which helped in getting it (the fire) under control. “There were two vehicles destroyed in the fire — the vehicle that crashed into the pump and another one that was just parked there that belonged to the owner of the gas station.” Fire officials allowed the convenience store to stay open but not to sell gas. Gill said that no further information on the injured pedestrian could be released until his family was notified.The crash is being investigated by a Fatal Crash investigator with the Clarksville Police Department



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