Camera captures moment car slams into Seattle gas station, igniting pump

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SEATTLE -- A two-car collision Monday night in north Seattle sent one vehicle careening into a gas station, where it slammed into a gas pump, knocking it about 35 feet away and starting a fire, the Seattle Fire Department said.

The accident happened just before 8 p.m. at a Shell station.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and used the emergency shut-off and dry chemicals to keep the other pumps from catching fire.

Investigators said Tuesday a 60-year-old ride-share driver in a Nissan had a passenger, a 40-year-old woman, at the time of the accident.

The Nissan struck a Honda, which slid sideways into a tree, cutting it in half, according to KCPQ.

Firefighters said the driver was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Nissan continued north for two blocks, eventually crashing into the gas station. The passenger in the Nissan was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. The driver was not injured.

Photo taken seconds after fire erupted at gas station.
(Photo: Jared @jaredallard)