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Posted: 6/15/2014 2:13:06 AM EST
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/13/gas-station-crash-new-york/10415043/

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It was a terrifying scene at a gas station when a man lost control of his car and a gas pump caught on fire.

Westchester County, N.Y., police spokesman Kieran O'Leary said the incident occurred earlier this month when a 70-year-old man went into diabetic shock and pulled into the station, hitting a car and a gas pump. In the chain reaction, two cars burst into flames and two others were damaged.

Watch the video to see the crash, and a bystander rush to pull the driver from his burning car to safety. The bystander was later identified as New York State Police Investigator John Vescio, who happened to be filling up his unmarked car at the time.

Three of the injured were taken by ambulance to an undisclosed hospital. The others declined medical attention. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening. The names of the injured were not released.

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I don't like the way the word "hero" is thrown around these days, but no doubt in my mind the actions of State Police Investigator Vescio are damn heroic. That man has some huge brass ones.
Link Posted: 6/16/2014 6:42:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2014 6:46:19 AM EST by 45stops-em-quick]
Agreed, the actions of anyone else around and uninjured not so much. A small fire that could have been contained by a few extinguishers got out of control until the stations overhead went off.

ETA After checking other sources, the overheads weren't even tripped by the attendant or automaticly, the first apparatus on scene got things knocked down.
Link Posted: 6/16/2014 12:51:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 45stops-em-quick:
Agreed, the actions of anyone else around and uninjured not so much. A small fire that could have been contained by a few extinguishers got out of control until the stations overhead went off.

ETA After checking other sources, the overheads weren't even tripped by the attendant or automatically, the first apparatus on scene got things knocked down.
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What was the energy source for the fire? Fuel from the pumps or fuel from the car? What ignited the energy source? Sparks from the collision?
Link Posted: 6/16/2014 3:46:12 PM EST
Shear valves on those dispensers look like they worked. With people fueling, the pumps would have been energized and the piping pressurized. If the shear valves failed, you could be looking at up to 60 GPM (I'm guessing) of fuel pouring out the piping. Could have had a small amount of fuel released to the dispenser sump as a result of the crash OR product in the sumps due to poor housekeeping (filter changes, etc) that was set off by a spark. Those sumps are all plastic and you know how plastic burns once it's set off. That's my guess anyway.
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