SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A man is in the hospital this evening with unknown injuries after being struck by a utility van while walking out the front doors of a Shell gas station on Wilbraham Road in Springfield.
Emergency personnel were notified of the accident just before 4:20 p.m. today.
Springfield Police told our crew on scene that the driver of the utility van claims his brakes failed and that’s why he ended up crashing through the front doors of the Shell station located at 1110 Wilbraham Road.
At this time police say they have no reason to disbelieve him and aren’t currently suspicious of his statement.
The unidentified man who was struck in the process has been taken by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center. No word yet on the extent of his injuries.
The store’s manager told our crew that the van appeared to be coming in to park right in front of the doors at the same time the man was opening them.
We’re hearing the gas station itself sustained an estimated $400 to $500 in damages as the door frame of the business is cracked and pushed in.
A parking cement block right in front of the store’s front doors may have helped decrease the impact of the crash to some degree.
Despite the incident, the Shell gas station remains open for business.