A horrific crash in Clarksville has left one unfortunate bystander seriously injured according to local police. The Tennessee man had the poor luck of standing next to a gas pump when a vehicle crashed into the station, igniting the gas. The car accident is still under investigation by local authorities.
Eyewitness accounts and video captured by the gas station's security system attest that a vehicle entered oncoming traffic and came off the road at high speeds, crashing into a gas pump at a roadside station. The ensuing crash caused an explosion that sent fireballs careening around the station and attached parking lot. Thankfully the station's automatic shut off system cut off the gas supply before further damage was caused.
A man on foot was walking through the parking lot at the time of the incident and narrowly avoided being struck by the out-of-control car. He unfortunately was not able to avoid being engulfed in flames when the explosion occurred, however. Although the man is still alive, he is in critical care at a local hospital, having suffered severe burns to 40 percent of his body. Criminal charges may be pending in this accident, but none have yet been filed.
While it could be argued the injured man was not directly hurt by the driver in question during the car accident, the fact remains the drivers' actions caused the explosion that put the man in the hospital. Considering the severity of his injuries, the man certainly has precedent to file a personal injury suit against the driver. Such a suit will be pursued in a Tennessee civil court, separate from any criminal charges filed later.
Source: The Leaf Chronicle, "One-vehicle crash leads to pedestrian being burned," July 5, 2013