Gas Pump Explosion

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By: 11 News - Email

Colorado springs, colo. (AP) - Family members say an 18-year-old woman who was killed when a gasoline pump exploded in Colorado Springs was home on spring break from Grinnell College in Iowa.
Police say whitney Hendrickson was filling a minivan with gas at a convenience store Tuesday when an SUV struck a pickup parked at the pump.
The pickup toppled a gas pump, which then caught fire and exploded.
Witnesses say people who tried to help Hendrickson were driven
back by the heat.
Hendrickson was a freshman at grinnell.
Her friend Julie Podair, a Grinnell student from Appleton, Wisconsin was in the minivan but escaped without injury.
Police say the SUV driver, 29-year-old Kelli R. Mckay of Colorado Springs, was cited on suspicion of careless driving involving a death.


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