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Investigation continues after SUV slams into gas pump in East Hartford

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EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

An East Hartford gas station was engulfed in a ball of fire after a crash on a busy road on Thursday afternoon. 

The crash was reported at the gas station at 302 Main St. around 11:30 a.m.

Police said the female driver of a jeep slammed into a pair of pumps, igniting the fire. Luckily, police said the clerk got out of the way just in time.

"If the black Nissan was involved than that vehicle did flee the scene and we're still looking to see if that's the case,” East Hartford police Sgt. Mike DeMaine said. “But too early to tell whether that actually happened."

No customers were pumping gas or parked in at the pumps when the crash occurred.

Police can confirm the 69-year-old driver of the jeep that slammed into two pumps stayed on scene and received minor injuries. Authorities said she was involved in a crash down the street.

“Either she was rear ended or she hit another vehicle,” DeMaine said. “At point of that impact, pulled hard l and traveled into Wendy’s at high rate of speed crossed perpendicular over Main Street and traveled into gas station."

Eyewitnesses caught heavy smoke from the crash at the gas station on video. 

"We came to the front and saw the explosion,” eyewitness Trina Echeverria said. “It was a black Nissan, black driver, going wrong way on the highway."

Eyewitness News asked police if the driver would be charged for the crash.

“Depends on whether she was struck behind or she struck someone,” DeMaine said. “She’s only one who hit gas pump. She didn't hit any other car, still up in air whether she hit a car at all, or she was hit.”

Route 2 exit 5A off ramp was shut down for several hours because of the smoke from the fire, according to state police.   

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