Virginia

Woman Crashes Into Virginia Gas Pump, Sparks Fire

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Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department

A driver crashed into a gas pump in Fairfax County, Virginia, Sunday evening, sparking a fire that engulfed her car, officials say. 

The fire started on the 8500 block of Richmond Highway (Route 1) in the Mount Vernon area about 6:25 p.m., the Fairfax County fire department said Monday. 

Fire investigators say the driver tried to pull up to a gas pump but accidentally stepped on the accelerator and knocked the pump over. No information was released immediately about the speed she reached. 

The crash set the gas pump and the woman's car ablaze. 

The driver was able to escape. Firefighters extinguished the flames, which sent dark smoke over the area, as video distributed by the fire department shows. 

The driver, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital for evaluation. 

The blaze caused an estimated $50,000.

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