HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - An accident at an Exxon station at the corner of Big Bethel Road and Mercury Boulevard in Hampton sparked an explosion Friday afternoon.
Chopper 10 flew over the developing scene shortly after 1 p.m. Images showed firefighters surrounding a charred white vehicle at one of the pumps.
According to Cpl. Mary Shackelford with the Hampton Police Division, there were two vehicles involved in a crash. One of the vehicles struck a gas pump. All of the occupants were able to get out of the vehicle and no one was seriously hurt.
Exxon Cashier Demetrice Perkerson was behind the cash register when she says she heard a bang, then saw smoke and flames and then realized a woman had hit the gas pump with her vehicle.
"My main concern was to stop the gas from going to the pump so it wouldn't be worse than what it was," Perkerson said.
Cpl. Shackelford said the driver of one vehicle was in her car at the gas pump when her foot slipped and the vehicle accelerated, striking the pump. The crash sparked an explosion, which spread to a vehicle parked on the other side of the pump, which had two people inside. A good samaritan pulled the woman in the first car to safety. She was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, including a small cut to her foot.
Traffic was blocked eastbound on Mercury Boulevard at Martha Lee Drive.
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