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Monday, December 18, 2006

Gas pump hit by car explodes

WATERTOWN

A gasoline pump exploded after an accident yesterday at a car care center, destroying a car, according to the Watertown Fire Department.

A motorist trying to back up at the Belmont Auto Clinic accidentally struck the pump and the attendant's booth when his foot got stuck on the accelerator, Deputy Chief Edward Barrett said.

As the flames erupted, the man and his wife safely fled their car, and the attendant, who was not identified, escaped by breaking the window, then helped another customer move her vehicle to safety.

The attendant was admitted to Mount Auburn Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Barrett said.

-- Globe City & Region staff

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