2 cars catch fire when driver slams into gas pump

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SAN DIEGO -- A man crashed his SUV into a gas pump and another car at a Chevron station in Carmel Mountain Ranch Friday afternoon, causing both vehicles to erupt into flames.

The incident happened shortly before 2 p.m. in the 1100 block of Rancho Carmel Drive.

A woman who was pumping gas a few feet from the crash got out of the way just in time.

A brave bystander also pumping gas at a nearby pump pulled the man out of the car before it burst into flames.

"Fortunately, she was able to get out of the way and I helped him get out of the car," Dave Rekers said.

Firefighters evacuated the block and put out the flames within a few minutes.

Jaime Wimmer, who manages Cafe Luna in the building next to the gas station, was the first to call 9-1-1.

"It was exploding. It was crazy. Tires kept popping and the flames kept getting higher," Wimmer said.

According to witnesses, the man apologized multiple times and said his foot slipped, which police couldn't confirm because the report has yet to be filed. Police said no one has been arrested.

No one was injured.

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