Fire after vehicle hits gas pump

March 4, 2011 5:32:34 PM PST
Two vehicles caught fire around 2:30 Friday afternoon when a car hit a gas pump.

It happened at an Exxon filling station at Peace and St. Mary's streets near downtown. That's close to Broughton High School.

Pictures from Chopper 11 HD showed firefighters using hoses and foam to battle flames coming from underneath a Mercedes SUV.

A burned out sedan was wedged against a nearby gas pump.

Firefighters said no one was trapped in either vehicle by the flames.

The father of the 18 year old driver, Laura Gillespie, said his daughter's lanyard hanging from the rearview mirror caused the accident.

He said the lanyard became wrapped around the steering wheel as his daughter turned from St. Mary's Street onto Peace Street. Her car then drove directly into the gas pump.

A passenger in the SUV also jumped and ran from the accident while the vehicle's owner was inside the gas station.

"I was pumping gas. I went inside and when I looked outside, everything was in flames. I feel very fortunate. It was a freak accident and any of us could have been hurt," said Susan Oakley, owner of the SUV.

Fortunately, no one was hurt. There was no word on any possible charges as of Friday evening.

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