Manager said a driver ran over one of the pumps at store in Prince George County.
PRINCE GEORGE – An errant driver apparently was to blame for a fuel spill that caused a convenience store in the county’s courthouse area to temporarily shut down Sunday afternoon.
Ken McClements, manager of the Star Express on Courthouse Road, said around 2 p.m. Sunday, a driver ran over a pump from a fuel truck that was filling the pumps at the store. Fuel spilled from the hose, he said, adding that it was not a major amount of spillage but still enough that forced the business to close down for a while.
The Prince George HAZMAT Team 1 used sand and tubes to contain the spill. No one was injured. McClements praised first responders for a “quick and immediate” arrival on the scene.
The store was closed until mid-morning Monday while an inspector had to ensure that it was once again safe to pump gas at the store, McClements said.
Mike Davis, with Baird Petroleum Equipment, was one of those inspecting the damage.
“We work on gas stations every day and really have to look over your shoulder,” he said. “That’s the way it is with people on their phones and not paying attention, and they run over things.”
There was no immediate word if the driver would face any charges in the incident.
By Adrienne Wallace, H-P Editor
Adrienne Wallace is editor of the Hopewell Herald and Prince George Post.