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Driver burned when truck catches fire at Raleigh gas station

Posted April 13

— The driver of a heavy equipment truck was taken to the hospital Thursday morning after being burned by a fire that started in the back of the truck.

The fire started on a piece of equipment in the bed of the truck while the driver was parked at a gas station on South Saunders Street in Raleigh. The driver pulled the vehicle away from the pumps before stopping on the road near Maywood Avenue.

Raleigh firefighters doused the flames a short time later.

The driver, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns.


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  • Brian Tucker Apr 13, 3:35 p.m.
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    Jason Merrill did you not watch the video ?? A lady was yelling at him to move his truck away from the pumps and station, but no, he got out, brushed himself off, then got back in to move the burning truck, how stupid ..... go watch the video, you'll see before you speak !

  • Jason Merrill Apr 13, 3:08 p.m.
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    Where did it say that he had to be told to move his truck away from the gas station? How did you infer that from the article?

  • Brandon Blanchard Apr 13, 1:49 p.m.
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    Wow, Edward Anderson! Sour much? What the driver did WAS heroic! Jeez! Did you ever think that there wasn't enough time to get out of he truck, go inside the store, alert the clerk, and shut down the pumps?!? Even if the pumps weren't shut down, by driving the burning truck away, he stopped it from burning down the pumps and possibly the store itself. I bet if you were parked next to him, you would have been very thankful that he drove his truck out of the way, possibly saving your life and/or property! I sure would have!

  • Brian Tucker Apr 13, 1:47 p.m.
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    Not a very good driver, when someone has to tell him to move his burning truck away from the gas station ... truck drivers should have enough brains to figure this out or don't be on the road.

  • Jim Halbert Apr 13, 1:40 p.m.
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    Prevented a catastrophe... didn't do it as efficiently as possible... let's boo this man! Christ's sake, find some happiness in your life and get off the internet.

  • Brenda Love Apr 13, 1:37 p.m.
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    Sometimes in the moment there's just not time and you have to do what you have to do. This guy deserves the praise.

  • Edward Anderson Apr 13, 12:21 p.m.
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    How is it heroic to get burned, when he could have just had the store attendant shut down fuel to the pumps (you know that emergency switch that *ALL* gas stations are required to have)while someone used a fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames? I suspect there would have been a lot less damage and pain if he'd done it that way.

  • Jj Parker Apr 13, 11:16 a.m.
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    This guy knew what to do. Many would have high tailed it out of there.

    Hope he makes a full and speedy recovery!

    His employer has a keeper

  • John Rees Apr 13, 10:12 a.m.
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    Props for the driver driving away from the gas station. Brave action and quick thinking averted a larger fire.

  • Jason Merrill Apr 13, 10:11 a.m.
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    Kudos to the driver for risking his own life to prevent a potential catastrophic explosion at the gas pumps. I hope he is not too badly injured and is able to make a full recovery.