Surveillance video shows ball of flames after SUV hits gas pump
SEATTLE - Surveillance video shows a gas pump burst into a ball of flames after being hit by an SUV on Monday night in North Seattle.
That crash ended a series of incidents into which another driver was seriously injured.
Uber confirmed the driver of the SUV was working for them and was carrying a passenger.
The events began just before 8 p.m. on Holman Road Northwest between Sixth Avenue Northwest and Fourth Avenue Northwest, just north of the Greenwood neighborhood.
Witnesses on a bus headed east on Holman said they saw a 2007 Nissan X-Terra speed past them, then clip the side of a Honda Accord, which pushed the car off the road.
The car ended up hitting a tree and somehow split in half.
The 35-year-old driver of the Accord was trapped inside. He was freed and taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.
Witnesses said the SUV kept heading eastbound, and it appears the driver tried to brake then lost control. They said the SUV may have blown a tire.
They said the SUV went airborne over a curb, through a parking lot, then plowed into a Shell Gas Station.
The SUV missed two gas pumps, but hit a third and burst into flames, according to witnesses.
Firefighters quickly put the fire out.
A 40-year-old woman who was a passenger in the SUV was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The SUV driver was evaluated at the scene for signs of impairment. He was taken to a hospital where a sample of his blood was taken after a warrant was obtained.
"Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those involved in this terrible accident, and the driver has been removed from the app," said Uber spokesperson Tracey Breeden. "We will work with the Seattle Police Department to assist in their investigation."