Man pumping gas at Dorchester station pinned against post after his car is hit

The car of a man pumping gas at a Dorchester gas station this morning was hit by another vehicle, pinning him between his car and a post for 10 minutes before firefighters freed him, officials said.

The other driver told first responders that she was unfamiliar with the gas station and had hit her car’s accelerator instead of the brake, jolting her vehicle into the man’s car just after 8:15 a.m., said Boston EMS spokesman Steven McHugh.

The man was transported to Boston Medical Center just before 9 a.m., McHugh said, but the driver of the other car was not injured.


While firefighters worked to free the man using air bags and the Jaws of Life, the gas station’s overhead fire extinguishing system activated, covering the area, including the fire trucks and first responders, with a baking soda-like powder, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.

The man suffered serious leg injuries, MacDonald said, and a firefighter was transported to the hospital after inhaling some of the extinguishing powder.

By 2 p.m., HazMat crews finished clearing the powder at the Citgo at 741 William T. Morrissey Blvd., MacDonald said.

A Boston police spokeswoman said she did not have a report of the incident and could not say whether charges would be brought.

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