A Hartford gas station clerk and customer narrowly escaped serious injury after a woman lost control of her car and crashed through the wall.
The incident was reported on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Warner Street early Monday morning, and the store's owner said he's relieved no one was seriously hurt, even though his business is a mess.
Isaac Boria said he was at the Select Gas Station just before 2 a.m. when the Acura crashed into the store.
"I try to climb up, trying to make sure everyone is fine, and I tried telling everyone to get back," he said.
Right before slamming into the building, the car crashed through a gas pump and caught fire.
According to police, the driver told them she was heading south on Franklin Avenue when her passenger suddenly told her to make a right-hand turn into the gas station. She did, but she couldn't handle the turn and lost control.
Sam Rizvi has owned the station for about 10 years and was sleeping when he got word of the incident.
"It's disastrous," he said. "I can't imagine somebody can do something like that. It's a mistake, but it's horrible."
He said he wants to reopen as soon as possible, but when he saw all the damage he realized that it may take some time before that happens.
"Nobody got injured," he said. "Especially the girl driving the car and the clerk that was working. That's all I worry about."
The clerk did go to a local hospital to get checked out after complaining of a sore lower back and hip.
The driver was cited for motor vehicle charges and interfering with police.
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