Off-duty officer pulls man from gas station fire

NEW YORK CITY (NBC/WNBC) — Tense moments along New York City’s Hutchinson Parkway after an elderly driver crashes into a gas pump and causes a massive fire.

This is surveillance video of the incident on June 3.

Police say six people were hurt when the 70-year-old driver had a diabetic emergency and lost control of his car, hitting the pump.

An off-duty police officer, who was pumping gas at the time, managed to pull the elderly driver from his wrecked car.

Moments later, the flames erupt into a fiery mess, burning two other nearby cars.

The off-duty police officer says the whole incident happened so fast.

“I went to look up and to see what was going on, and the next thing I knew, the pump was coming down on top of me,” said New York State Police Officer John Vescio, Sr.

Four cars were damaged and six people were hurt, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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