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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A gas pump burst into flames Monday afternoon after a car slammed into a Chevron gas station in Lauderhill.
A mother and daughter are fine after they say an 18-wheeler hit their car, causing their vehicle to lose control and slam into the gas pump at the Chevron gas station on State Road 7 and Northwest 16th Street.
“When we tried to go this lane hit us and it is so hard it made us crash by accident,” said Roxanne Desravines, 11, who was in the back seat when the crash happened.
A female driver, exiting the gas station onto State Road 7, made a wider turn than normal not noticing an 18-wheeler in the middle lane, police said. Both vehicles collided and when she overcorrected, her vehicle headed in the direction of the gas station, where she hit the gas pump and two other vehicles, according to police.
Initial reports indicate the driver doesn’t know whether she hit the gas pedal or the brakes after the initial crash.
Firefighters responded to the scene shortly after 1:15 p.m. and put out the fire, authorities said.
The gas station clerk pressed the emergency button to stop all operations and shut off the gas for everyone.
“I just feel like God saved my life because I was feeling like I was going to die inside because I can’t open the counter,” said Arif Rahman, who was behind the counter when the crash happened and said he was briefly trapped.
There were no injuries and an investigation is ongoing, fire officials said.