Woman hoarding gas catches on fire following car accident in S.C., deputies say

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 6:53 AM EDT
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PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (WYFF) - A woman hoarding gas caught on fire following a car accident Thursday night in Pickens County, according to Chief Deputy Chad Brooks with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy in a marked patrol unit saw a Pontiac G6 traveling on Jameson Road in Pickens and determined that the vehicle was displaying a South Carolina license plate that had been reported stolen, Brooks said.

According to Brooks, as the vehicle approached the intersection of Jameson Road and Wolf Creek Road, the deputy activated his vehicle’s emergency lights in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.

The driver of the Pontiac turned left onto Wolf Creek Road and accelerated the vehicle in an attempt to elude law enforcement. The deputy then activated his vehicle’s siren, Brooks said.

According to Brooks, the driver lost control of the vehicle, veered off the roadway and completely flipped the vehicle.

The vehicle immediately caught fire and multiple explosions were heard inside the vehicle, Brooks said.

According to Brooks, as the deputy approached the car, the driver, a woman exited the car and was observed to be on fire.

The deputy pushed the 28-year-old to the ground in order to put out the flames, Brooks said.

According to Brooks, she was transported to the hospital by Pickens County EMS personnel.

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