Collision near gas station sends flames shooting

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – A two-car collision near a gas station sent flames shooting as one of the vehicles crashed into a gas pump.

It happened around 9:30 A.M. at the intersection of 18th and Lake Street in front of the Conoco gas station.

Eyewitnesses said a black SUV was traveling southbound and tried beating a yellow light when it struck a maroon sedan. The driver of the broadsided sedan was taken to St. Patrick's Hospital. She was later released.

Witnesses said she was trapped in her car and they had to pull her out.

"We just wanted to get her out of danger," said Sheila Anderson, an eyewitness who along with Heather Fontenot pulled the driver of the sedan to safety. "One accident was enough."

"If that would have blown up, she could have been dead," said Fontenot. "She was too close to the gas station. We had to help her get out. That would have been horrible."

The driver of the SUV jumped out of her vehicle and ran away from the gas pump fearing it would explode even further, according to witnesses.

Workers at the gas station quickly shut off the gas before a larger fire broke out.

The gas pump was completely charred and the canopy covering the gas pump was also damaged and leaning to one side.

Traffic on Lake Street was closed for over an hour as crews worked to remove debris from the road.

Lake Charles Fire Department and Lake Charles Police responded to the scene.

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