Clerk acts fast, prevents extensive damage when motorist hits gas pump
Caledonia Fire Chief Chris Beach says the quick reaction of the clerk on duty at Wilson Farms convenience store and Mobil fuel service station, prevented extensive damage and or injury to individual nearby, when a motorist ran into a gas pump.
The accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. on August 27 at the Wilson Farms on the corner of West Main Street and Leicester Street in Caledonia. Caledonia Police Officer Jared Passamonte arrived to find the pump on fire and the driver outside of the vehicle.
The clerk quickly activated the fire suppression system and turned the pumps off. Caledonia and Mumford Fire Departments responded and brought the situation under control. Livingston County Emergency Services Coordinator Kevin Niedermaier and a representative from the NYSDEC also responded due to the potential impact on the environment. It was determined that no product spilled and therefore there was no threat to the environment.
Caledonia Police say the motorist, charged with operating out of class, apparently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. There were no injuries but the street was closed to traffic for a short time.