A two-vehicle crash at the Mt. Albion Irving yesterday afternoon might have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for the quick actions of a clerk who managed to turn off the gas pumps right before the trucks hit them.
There were no life-threatening injuries but one man was taken to hospital after complaining of back and neck injuries and a dog that suffered minor injuries was taken to the P.E.I. Humane Society.
At the scene, RCMP Cst. Jeffrey Dow said witnesses told police a Toyota Tundra was driving west toward Charlottetown when a Ford Ranger pulled out of the 48 Road and hit it.
“The momentum carried them into the parking lot and into the pump.”
A barbecue, truck parts and other debris littered the parking lot and lawn leaving a trail behind the two vehicles.
The Tundra came to a rest with its crumpled front end where one of the gas pumps normally stood but was instead laying on its side a few feet away.
It fared somewhat better than the battered Ranger, which was missing a wheel, had its tailgate on the ground and had several of its windows broken.
Dow said someone who was leaving the store was able to warn the clerk before the impact and she managed to shut the pumps off in time.
The RCMP later confirmed alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but the investigation was ongoing and charges could be laid.
Dow also said there have been several accidents in the area involving people pulling out of the 48 Road.