Ordinarily, gas stations are relatively safe. Motorists stop to pump some gas or go inside for a Slurpee, and continue on with their day. However, once in a while, something dangerous can happen that’s out of anyone’s control.
A recent car accident at a gas station is one example. A woman driving a van apparently lost control near a Chevron station in the 3800 block of South Orange Blossom Trail yesterday. She apparently went over a median, through bushes, and crashed into the gas pumps at the station, starting the fire.
According to WESH’s website, the Orange County Fire Department says the impact of the crash is what started the fire. Witnesses at the scene said the sky was filled with black smoke and that they were afraid the driver of the van was on fire.
The fire department managed to extinguish the fire within about five minutes. The driver, who witnesses say appeared unresponsive after the crash, was reportedly taken to a hospital with minor injuries. A baby who was riding as a passenger in the van was also taken to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The baby’s injuries also appeared to be minor.
Witnesses as the scene wanted to help the woman but were unable to because of the flames. They called 911. At this point, it’s unclear what caused the woman to drive over the median and crash. As of now, police have not filed any charges. It’s not clear whether they plan to.
Source: WESH, “Van slams through gas pumps, starts fire,” Sept. 5, 2011