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Collision in Seven Points leads to fire, explosion

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SEVEN POINTS–A car and a pickup truck collided on Pritchett Lane in Seven Points June 18, causing one vehicle to crash into the gas pumps at Conoco convenience store, resulting in a fire and explosion.
According to Seven Points Police Chief Raymond Wennerstrom, both the car and pickup collided in the turn lane on Pritchett Lane near the convenience store on Seven Points Boulevard.
The driver of the pickup truck said he didn’t see the oncoming car when he pulled into the turn lane according to Wennerstrom. The truck was struck on the driver’s side, causing one vehicle to crash into the gas pump and knocked it off its base. This caused a fire to break out and resulted in a small explosion from some of the gasoline.
Wennerstrom said the incident could have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for the quick response and valiant efforts of the Seven Points and Tool volunteer fire departments. An employee of the Conoco also managed to somehow hit the cut-off switch for the other pumps at the station.
For the safety of the customers, the Seven Points Police Department evacuated the Conoco convenience store, the Cork and Bottle liquor store next door and McClain’s Restaurant behind that.
Wennerstrom wasn’t too far from the site of the explosion and felt the blast from where he was standing.
“I could feel the pressure,” Wennerstrom said. “I’m surprised it didn’t break the windows at the gas station.”
Drivers of both vehicles suffered only minor injuries and refused to go to the hospital after being treated at the scene by EMS personnel. No injuries resulted in any of the surrounding businesses.
Wennerstrom said they are still taking witness statements at this time and are hoping that surveillance video from the Conoco convenience store will paint a better picture of what happened.
No citations have been issued from the collision at this time.


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