Driver hits gas pump, causes fire in Richland

Tri-City HeraldSeptember 7, 2013 

A 17-year-old driver hit a gas pump at a Conoco station on the 2200 block of Stevens Drive in Richland late Saturday morning, leading to a fire and the brief closure of part of the roadway, Richland police reported. No one was hurt in the incident.

The teen was pulling out of the gas station in a Ford Bronco, sped up too quickly and lost control, said Richland police Cpl. Hyrum Stohel.

The Bronco reportedly spun around, hit a curb and retaining wall, then struck a gas pump, leading to a fire.

The incident happened about 11 a.m. Stohel said part of Stevens was shut down for about a half hour while firefighters put out the blaze.

The teen likely will receive a speed-related citation, Stohel said.

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