BOSTON — The car of a man pumping gas at a Boston gas station was hit by another vehicle, pinning him between his car and a post for 10 minutes before firefighters freed him.
Officials say the other driver, a 65-year-old Quincy woman, told first responders on Sunday she was unfamiliar with the gas station and hit the accelerator instead of the brake. Her vehicle hit the 48-year-old Dorchester man’s car Sunday morning at a Citgo gas station at 741 Morrissey Blvd.
Carrollynne Post, who spent eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, rushed over to help.
“He was bleeding a lot, so I took the belt off my coat, and I just put a tourniquet on him,” Post said. “Just took my coat off and shoved it under him and just waited for the EMTs.”
Post even called the man’s wife.
“She said, ‘What do you mean he’s pinned?’ I told her, ‘Just come here. He’s fine, he’s just asking for you,'” Post said.
As firefighters worked to free him using air bags and other equipment, the gas station’s overhead fire extinguishing system activated, dumping powder onto the fire trucks and first responders.
Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said the man suffered serious but not life-threatening leg injuries and a firefighter was taken to the hospital after inhaling some of the extinguishing powder.
Boston police said the driver was not cited but they recommend that her license be reviewed.