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Wreck closes Soco pumps

April 15, 2014

By Josh Presley
news@dailytimesleader.com

A man crashed his car into a gas pump Sunday morning at the Soco Chevron Truck Stop in West Point.
West Point Police Department Assistant Chief Stanley McGee said the WPPD is withholding the man’s identity pending investigation.
McGee said the man was traveling south on U.S. Highway 45 in a Mercury Grand Marquis coming in to West Point.
“The man said he saw the sign that said ‘Welcome to West Point’ and the next thing he remembered was someone pulling him out of the car,” McGee said.
McGee said the man was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, but no other details on his condition were available Monday as of press time.
Soco Manager Mario Alomari said the accident happened between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Sunday and that the driver clipped one gas pump before crashing directly into another, destroying it.
“We cut the breakers and electricity to the pumps off right away so the crash wouldn’t cause an explosion,” Alomari said.
WPPD and the West Point Fire Department were called to the scene shortly after.
WPFD Battalion Chief Ken Wilbourne said that in a situation where a gas pump is severely damaged, making sure the flow of gas to the pump is stopped can be critical.

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