Accident on Hutch results in fire, injuries

A man who had a diabetic episode blacked out and crashed into a car at the Mobil Gas Station on the Hutchinson River Parkway, which led to a collision that damaged four cars, two of which burst into flames, injuring three people. Contributed photo

A man who had a diabetic episode blacked out and crashed into a car at the Mobil Gas Station on the Hutchinson River Parkway, which led to a collision that damaged four cars, two of which burst into flames, injuring three people. Contributed photo

Four cars were destroyed—two of which caught fire and burned—and six people were injured after a wild accident at the Mobil Gas Station along the Hutchinson River Parkway on Tuesday.

Around 11 a.m. on June 3, a 70-year-old man driving a Toyota Camry southbound on the Hutch, south of Exit 25 near the border of White Plains and Harrison, suffered a diabetic episode, entered the Mobil off the parkway at a high rate of speed and plowed into the back of a car that was filling up at one of the pumping stations, according to Kieran O’Leary, spokesperson for the Westchester County Police Department.

O’Leary said the collision set off a chain reaction that resulted in a large fire and injuries.

The car that was rear ended subsequently smashed into a car parked in front of it, which toppled a gas pump crushing a fourth car.

Two of the cars burst into flames.

O’Leary said six people were injured, three of whom were taken to a local hospital, but none of the injuries were believed to be life threatening.

The names of those involved have not yet been released by police.

“It was a frightening situation,” O’Leary said. “It was fortunate that no one was injured by the fire. All the injuries were the result of the collisions.”

Some details of the accident remain fuzzy, O’Leary said, because the driver blacked-out and had no recollection of the incident, so it’s unknown if the driver realized he was in distress and tried to get off the road or lost consciousness and drifted off the road.

First responders from Westchester County, the City of White Plains and Town of Harrison were on the scene, and traffic on the southbound lane was blocked for about an hour while the fires were being extinguished. Traffic was seen for miles in both directions.

O’Leary said the overhead canopy above the gas station, which is supposed to put out fires, didn’t appear to operate. He said the White Plains Fire Department is investigating why the canopy failed to function.

-Reporting by Chris Eberhart