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Six Hurt in NY after Crash Ignites Gas Station Fire

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Tina Robinson3 years ago

The New York Daily News is reporting a fiery crash in Westchester, New York that happened on Tuesday morning which left six people injured. Authorities say a driver experienced a diabetic emergency and attempted to exit into a gas station when the accident happened.

About the Westchester Gas Station Fire

According to reports, the accident happened at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday near Exit 25 of the Hutchinson River Parkway in Westchester, New York. A driver, identified only as a 70-year-old man, was experiencing a diabetic emergency and attempted to exit into a gas station that is situated between the north and southbound lanes.

The driver collided with a car and knocked over a gas pump, sparking a massive fire. An unmarked police car was caught up in the blaze causing ammunition inside the vehicle to explode. Six people were also hurt in the accident and are expected to survive.

Investigators say a fire suppression system at the gas station was never activated.

Gas Station Fire Statistics

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates an average of 5,020 fires and explosions occur at public gas stations each year. Those fires cause an average of 2 fatalities and 48 injuries each year in addition to approximately $20 million in property damage. The NFPA also estimates about 61% of fires involved vehicles. 


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