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PD: Car crashes into gas pump on Main Street in Farmington

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An eyewitness took a photo of the Gas Station fire in Farmington. (WFSB) An eyewitness took a photo of the Gas Station fire in Farmington. (WFSB)
Food Bag/Citgo station remains closed after gas pump fire. (WFSB) Food Bag/Citgo station remains closed after gas pump fire. (WFSB)
FARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Main Street in Farmington is closed on Monday night after a motor vehicle crashed into a gas pump.

The crash was reported at the Food Bag/Citgo station, which is located at 282 Main St. around 6:45 p.m.

Farmington Police Lt. Colin Ryan said an unidentified 70-year-old man backed his vehicle into a gas pump, which caused a fire that engulfed two vehicles.

"The first thing I saw was gasoline and an explosion on the passenger window," eyewitness Steve Delaura said. 

Gas station attendant immediately hit the emergency button to shut off the tanks. 

Delaura said he didn’t know how it happened or where it came from. He just knew it was on his car and he had children inside. 

"I had to turn around and pull my son, whose two years old and my nephew who’s seven years old out of the car through the driver’s door that was also on fire," Delaura said. "So I just kinda threw them out of the car." 

Everyone had time to evacuate after the crash, while some even had time to move their cars out of the way. The huge plumes of smoke covered everything. 

"There was a lot of popping, a lot of black smoke. It was really think where you couldn’t see through it," eyewitness Audrey Maxwell-Brown said. 

Maxwell-Brown said he was inside the gas station during the crash. 

"It was like someone was going fast and they lose control. It was like they came and spun around," Maxwell-Brown said. 

The 70-year-old man mistakenly hit the gas rather than the brake, police said. It is unclear if the man will face any charges. 

Ryan said two cars were charred while one more had severe damage. Even with all the damage, Ryan said there were no reports of injuries. 

"I would do anything for my son and my nephew," Delaura said.  

Food Bag/Citgo station remained closed for the evening. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

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