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Flames erupt from Utah gas station, but woman walks away OK

Published May 8, 2013 10:05 pm

Crime • Quick-thinking employees shut off gas before fire spread, police say.
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A woman walked away uninjured after her car crashed into a gas pump in West Jordan and erupted into flames.

About 5:50 a.m., the woman was driving east on 7800 South when her grey Mazda was struck by a westbound Ford Excursion turning south at 4000 West, said West Jordan police Lt. Dean Waters. The Mazda veered into a Maverick gas station on the corner and crashed into a sign, a tree and then a pump, knocking it over and igniting a fire.

"It was a fairly good-sized fire. There were 10- to 12-foot flames going up," Waters said. "Luckily [the 24-year-old woman] was not hurt. She was able to exit the car and get away from the fire."

Waters also praised the "fast-thinking" Maverick employees who shut off the gas pumps right away and prevented the fire from spreading.

The fire department is only about two blocks from the gas station, so firefighters had the flames out in a matter of minutes, Waters said. Besides the destroyed Mazda and gas pump, the flames only caused some smoke damage to the overhead awning.

The 63-year-old driver of the Excursion also wasn't hurt. From the on-scene investigation, it appeared the lights were green for both vehicles and the Excusion failed to yield, Waters said.

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