Car goes through guardrail, crashes into gas pump at Shelton station

A car crashed into a gas pump at the Monte’s Mart gas station in White Hills on Wednesday night, causing a disruption in gas service at the Route 110 establishment. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

The female driver had to be extricated from her vehicle but her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

At about 8:45 p.m. on July 23, a car traveling south on Route 110 (from the direction of Monroe) struck another vehicle, crashed through a guard rail at the intersection with Maple Avenue, went down an embankment and hit the gas pump at the far northern edge of the station, according to the Shelton Police Department.

The pump was knocked out of place. Store staff turned off all gasoline pumps at the station immediately, said Nick Verdicchio, Shelton Fire Department spokesman.

Driver was extricated

Fire and police responded to the scene. The driver of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The driver was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to police and fire officials.

The White Hills Volunteer Fire Company, located close by, led firefighting efforts with assistance from Echo Hose and Huntington personnel and equipment.

“There was a three-company response because of the potential,” said Verdicchio, referring to the dangers associated with gasoline.

Driver is identified

The driver has been identified as 41 year old Susan Linnane, 41, of Derby. Police said he was driving a Mazda.

Linnane was conscious and spoke with officers while at the scene, police said.

The accident is still under investigation and no enforcement action has been taken at this time, police said.

Pumps should be back on soon

At of about 11 a.m. on Thursday, the gas pumps remained shut off although the establishment’s mini-mart and Dunkin Donuts are open.

A steady stream of customers were going in and out to purchase items at Mont’s Mart, 198 Leavenworth Road (Route 110).

Jacki Nash, Monte’s Mart manager, said the unaffected gas pumps should be turned back on soon — perhaps by late this morning or in the very early afternoon.

Nash had arrived at the scene shortly after the accident occurred Wednesday night. “There were a lot of fire trucks and police officers,” she said.

The regular weekday hours of operation at Monte’s Mart, located in front of the White Hills Shopping Center, are 5 a.m.-10 p.m.