Two Cars Catch Fire At Harrison Gas Station, Six Injured

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One of the four cars damaged in a Mobil Gas Station accident was hit by a damaged gas pump and wheeled onto a car lift. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Kieran O'Leary, public information officer for the Westchester County Police Department, talks about the accident. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday.
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday.
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday.
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday.
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday.
The scene after the fire was extinguished at the chain reaction crash at the Mobil station in Harrison on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Traffic was heavy on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway after it reopened Tuesday around noon following a fire at the Mobil station in Harrison.
Traffic was heavy on the northbound Hutchinson River Parkway after it reopened Tuesday around noon following a fire at the Mobil station in Harrison. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

This story was updated at 1:41 p.m.

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Two cars caught fire at the Mobil Gas Station on the Hutchinson River Parkway near Exit 25 Tuesday morning after a 70-year-old man having a diabetic emergency rear-ended a car pumping gas, according to Kieran O'Leary of the Westchester County Police Department.

Neither driver was injured from the fire, but both were taken to a nearby hospital. The car that was hit was pushed forward into another car, and a fourth car was hit by a falling gas pump damaged by the fire, O’Leary said.

There were six people in total injured, including a husband and wife in one of the cars. None of the injuries are life-threatening and a total of three have been taken a nearby hospital, O'Leary said. 

The Hutchinson River Parkway was closed in both directions from Exit 23 to 25 for less than an hour before reopening.

The 70-year-old's car failed to slow down as it entered the gas station while traveling southbound on the Hutchinson River Parkway. O’Leary said it wasn’t an obscene speed, but enough to cause damage. He slammed into a vehicle that had a gas pump in its car, triggering a chain reaction, multi-vehicle accident. The two cars involved in the initial accident were completely destroyed and charred.

The other two cars were both damaged and taken away on a car lift.

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This is the second fire at that gas station in a few years. In the other one I think the driver hit the gas when they meant to hit the brake. That time the station's fire suppression system put out most of the fire except for a couple of cars that had been driven out of reach.