Woman speaks out after gas station crash
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida driver is speaking out after she accidentally slammed her car into a gas pump.
The vehicle veered into one of the pumps at a Chevron along Abbott Avenue and 71st Street in Miami Beach, Tuesday.
Surveillance video at the station shows a yellow Hummer waiting for a gas pump. The Jeep pulls in, cuts in front of the Hummer and slams into the pump, which immediately goes up in flames.
Gilda Ramos was the driver who caused the crash that was caught on camera. "In my mind I thought, I can't die this way," said Ramos.
Ramos said she did not see the yellow Hummer waiting for the pump, and when she pulled ahead of him, the driver hit the horn and she lost control of her Jeep. "He started honking at me, and I got nervous. Instead of hitting the brakes, I hit the accelerator. That is when the accident occurred," she said.
As other drivers captured the flames on video, gas station attendant Carol Smith jumped into action. "When I saw the fire, my first instinct was to run and push the stop pump button, and hit the pump stop," said Smith.
Moments after the collision, Ramos' sister is seen on the video jumping out of the vehicle and running to help Ramos. Ramos said she was trapped. "I tried to get out of the car but the door wouldn't open. I kicked the door, and I was able to get out of the car," said Ramos.
Ramos and she and her sister are OK. Ramos said luck was on her side. "I'm glad to be alive and that my sister is OK," she said.
Ramos has not been cited for the crash.
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