Gas Station Owner, Nurse Save Day at the Pump

A Hamden driver has a lot of thanking to do after losing control and slamming into a gas pump!

It happened Wednesday at the Shell Gas Station in the 1900 block of Whitney Avenue in Hamden.  Police say the driver was making a left turn onto Whitney Avenue from Skiff Street when she lost control of her car.  The 81-year-old driver was just moments away from a dangerous explosion, but is alive thanks to some quick thinking good samaritans.

“I was stocking some boxes and took a break to look out the window.  That's when I saw her coming this way.  I thought she’s either going to hit the building or a gas pump.  The first thing that came to my mind is I have to turn off the emergency switch!” said Mazhar Hussein, the gas station owner.

Witnesses say the out-of-control Chevy took out the pump and then some.  Police say Hussein hit the emergency gas button- cutting power to all the pumps- just in the nick of time.

“If I didn’t do that, the littlest spark could have blown up the whole place,” said Hussein.

One of the witnesses just happened to be a nurse.  She ran to help the elderly driver out of the crushed car.

“She said did I hurt anyone?  That was the first thing on her mind.  She wanted to know if she hurt anyone else,” said Hannah Larkin-Wells of North Haven.

Police say only the driver was hurt in the crash.  She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, but is expected to be okay.

“She made it through a busy intersection without hitting anyone.  There was a lot of good luck and lot of good thinking involved all around,” said Larkin-Wells.

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