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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Gas station explodes in Tennessee and man is in critical condition after catching fire

A horrifying security video has captured the moment a man walking through a gas station was engulfed in flames after a car nearby crashed into a gas pump. 
Chris Porter, of Clarksville, Tennessee, had just finished eating at G's Pancake House on South Riverside Drive when he stopped in at the Exxon Mobile gas station convenience store next door. 
Just after 8am, Porter was exiting the store when a white 2008 Lincoln MKZ drove into oncoming traffic and barreled into the gas station parking lot. 
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Leaving: Chris Porter, right, had just finished eating at G's Pancake House next door when he stopped in at the Exxon Mobil convenience store
Leaving: Chris Porter, right, had just finished eating at G's Pancake House next door when he stopped in at the Exxon Mobil convenience store
Out of control: A Lincoln MKZ driven by John Ward came barreling towards the station
Out of control: A Lincoln MKZ driven by John Ward came barreling towards the station
Dodge: Porter positions himself between the pump and the car, so as not to be hit in the crash
Dodge: Porter positions himself between the pump and the car, so as not to be hit in the crash
He missed being hit by the car, but when the car struck a gas pump it set off an explosion that caught Porter on fire. 
'He was an innocent bystander just caught up in the fireball,' Ray Williams of the Clarksville Fire Department told The Leaf Chronicle
Williams described the burns which cover 40 per cent of Porter's body as 'severe and life-threatening.'
Explosion: The car strikes the gas pump and sets off a fireball which hits Porter
Explosion: The car strikes the gas pump and sets off a fireball which hits Porter
On fire: A fire department official described the burns that cover 40 per cent of Porter's body as severe and life-threatening
On fire: A fire department official described the burns that cover 40 per cent of Porter's body as severe and life-threatening
Being treated: Porter is currently in critical but stable condition at the Vanderbilt University burn unit
Being treated: Porter is currently in critical but stable condition at the Vanderbilt University burn unit
Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, a helicopter was not able to transport the victim to a burn center. 
Instead, Porter was driven to Gateway Hospital, and later transferred to the burn unit at Vanderbilt University. 
As of Friday morning, Porter remains in critical but stable condition there.
But it could have been a lot worse.
 
    Williams said that the automatic gas shut-off at the station worked as it was supposed to, which helpd get the fire under control. 
    The fire department received a 911 call at 8:14 am and they were able to respond within three minutes. 
    Two vehicles were destroyed in the fire, driver John Ward's car and the car belonging to the owner of the gas station. 
    No one else was injured in the crash.
    The crash is being investigated by a fatal crash investigator at the Clarksville Police Department.

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