Driver in car wash smash

The scene at the Shell Petrol Station, Whichers Gate, Rowlands Castle last night.  PICTURE: Caroline Lear

The scene at the Shell Petrol Station, Whichers Gate, Rowlands Castle last night. PICTURE: Caroline Lear

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A CAR crashed into a petrol pump unit and ended up stuck on top of it after a driver lost control of her Vauxhall Astra as she washed it.

The woman, who is in her 20s and from Havant, had been using the hand-held jet wash at the Shell petrol station, Rowlands Castle, when disaster struck.

Her partner said: The hose got stuck in one of the back wheels and she tried to free it by reversing her car, which is an automatic.

‘She only wanted to come back a little bit but her shoes were wet and her foot slipped and she hit the car parked behind her.

‘She had left the driver’s door open but her foot slipped from the controls and then - bosh! She was in the car on top of the collapsed petrol pump.’

Havant firefighters were called to the incident at 9.30pm last night and removed the car as well as some petrol which had spilled from the unit onto the garage’s forecourt.

A worker from the garage managed to rescue the woman, who was unharmed, from her car before firefighters arrived.

Watch manager Tim Burgess, of Havant fire station, said: ‘The whole incident was very unusual. I haven’t seen anything quite like it in a long time.

‘We managed to get the car off the top of the petrol pump unit and we stayed at the scene for three hours to make sure everything was safe.’

The woman’s partner, who did not want to be identified, went to the petrol station today to thank staff.

He said: ‘The staff were amazing. They shut the pumps down straightaway. If it had not been for the quickness of the staff, it could have been far worse. She was in a hell of a state and one of them helped her out of the car.

‘The most important thing is that no-one was hurt.’

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