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The car of a man pumping gas at a Dorchester gas station Sunday morning was hit by another vehicle, pinning him between his car and a post for 10 minutes before firefighters freed him, officials said.

“When the man was standing at the gas pump putting fuel in his car, another motorist unfamiliar with the gas station was nervous and accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brakes,” said Steven McHugh, a Boston EMS spokesman.

The woman’s vehicle lurched into the man’s car at the Citgo station at 741 William T. Morrissey Blvd. just after 8:15 a.m.

The man was transported to Boston Medical Center just before 9 a.m., McHugh said. The driver of the other car was not injured.


While firefighters worked to free the man using air bags and the Jaws of Life, the gas station’s overhead fire extinguishing system activated, covering the area, firetrucks, and first responders with a baking soda-like powder, said Steve MacDonald, a Boston Fire Department spokesman.

The man suffered serious leg injuries, MacDonald said, and a firefighter was transported to the hospital after inhaling some of the powder.

Police will investigate why the fire extinguishing system activated even though there was no fire at the station. MacDonald said human error was the probable explanation.

“We’re speculating that the clerk at the gas station was trying to . . . shut off power to gas pumps and activated the system instead,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald said HazMat crews finished clearing the powder by early afternoon.

A Boston police spokeswoman said she did not have a report of the incident and could not say whether charges would be brought.

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