• Gas station attendant happy to be alive after being hit by car, thrown 30 feet


    WALPOLE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A Walpole gas station attendant is just happy to be alive after being hit by a car that ultimately slammed into a gas pump and sparked a fire.

    The incident happened at about 11:30 a.m. Monday. A driver pulled into the 1-A Auto Clinic in Walpole when moments later another car hit a gas station attendant and a pump, causing a fire.

    The accident happened after an elderly man, Ed Grace, drove into the station, went to hit the brake and instead hit the gas, smashing into the pump and attendant, Ron Valle, who was thrown 30 feet.

    "The only thing I say, you know, is thank God for saving me," Valle said.

    The crash also caused a gas pump to burst into flames, but another worker quickly grabbed an extinguisher to put the fire out.

    Valle was transported to the hospital for the night, but did not suffer a single broken bone.

    "You know, I'm very happy because I'm alive. After I see the video… I just say thank God," Valle said.

    Walpole police told FOX 25 that they are filing an immediate threat against driver with Registry of Motor Vehicles. Grace will have a registry hearing to take his license with no court charges. However, that does not mean charges won't be filed. The Walpole accident reconstruction investigation is still open.

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