VIDEO: Car Slams into CA Gas Pump, Explodes

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Joshua Bote

SFGate, San Francisco


Jun. 29–A car slamming into a gas pump at a Central Valley city caused a minor explosion Sunday afternoon that, with some improved pyrotechnics, could have looked like something out of the latest “Fast and Furious” flick.

Security cam footage shared by the Ceres Fire Department shows the vehicle, a red sedan, careening into a gas pump at a Shell station in Ceres – a Central Valley city near Modesto – instantly creating flames upon contact.

The car had exited Highway 99 before striking the gas pump, the Ceres Fire Department said in a statement.

The car gets some air after the crash, doing a little bunny hop over the flames and finally landing a bit away from the fire.

Four fire trucks from Ceres and Modesto’s fire departments arrived on the scene after reports that the car and pump were on fire and that a passenger was stuck inside the destroyed vehicle.

Fortunately, no one was hurt, and the fire was managed shortly after the crash without affecting any nearby vehicles or drivers in the lot. It is unclear whether the driver will face any repercussions for the incident.

Though they did not specify the cause of the crash, the statement from Ceres’ fire department concluded with a warning: “Drive Cautiously – Buckle Up – Don’t Text & Drive.”


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