Causes $80K in damage

Last updated: August 18. 2014 3:16PM - 4332 Views
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Debbie Caldwell | Daily EnterpriseTracey Howard of Baxter, the driver of a vehicle which damaged two gas pumps at a Marathon station in Cumberland on Saturday, describes what happened to Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Burton.
Debbie Caldwell | Daily EnterpriseTracey Howard of Baxter, the driver of a vehicle which damaged two gas pumps at a Marathon station in Cumberland on Saturday, describes what happened to Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Burton.
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Nobody was injured when a car ran into a gas pump at a convenience store in Cumberland on Saturday evening, but it was a costly incident.


Cumberland Police Officer Cody Bargo estimates $80,000 in damage was done to two gas pumps at the Marathon station on U.S. 119 as a result of the mishap.


According to eyewitness accounts, a blue Impala occupied by two people turned into the station, made a wide circle, and ran into one of the pumps.


The driver of the Impala was identified as Tracey Howard of Baxter, Bargo said. She was not charged.


“She lost control, hit the first pump, came over the top of where the pump is at, knocked the first pump onto the other pump and hit the rear end of the Jeep,” Bargo said.


The Impala then proceeded to push that pump into another pump on the other side of the station, in the process clipping the rear of a Jeep Cherokee which was parked on the other side of the first pump.


Both pumps caught fire. A worker at the station quickly turned off power to the pumps, and the Cumberland Fire Department arrived on scene to extinguish both blazes.


“I was standing at Pump No. 2 about to get gas when they (the occupants of the Impala) came driving through and made a wide turn and hit the other side (Pump No. 1) and knocked it across to the other side and then their car came through and clipped mine and then they drove a little ways before coming to a stop,” Bud Witt, driver of the Cherokee, said.


“I was wading through fire and I said I better get my car out of here or else it would have gone up in flames too,” Witt added.


Raymond Phillips, who works at the Marathon station in Harlan, said he was driving by on U.S. 119 when he saw the Impala make a wide turn and run into the first pump.


“I immediately went in to make sure everything was turned off but it already had been,” Phillips said. “It could have been a lot worse but it does not look like anybody got hurt.”


There was no damage to the station other than that done to the pumps.


The driver of the Impala was identified as Tracey Howard of Baxter, Bargo said. She was not charged.


“She lost control, hit the first pump, came over the top of where the pump is at, knocked the first pump onto the other pump and hit the rear end of the Jeep,” Bargo said.


Cumberland police officer Mark Saylor and Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Burton also assisted in the investigation.


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