By SCOTT JACKSON
Six people, including three first responders, were taken to area hospitals after an 81-year-old driver backed into a gas pump on Franklin Street Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place at the Prestige gas station, located at 9 Franklin St., shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. Karyn Barkas of the Quincy Police Department.
The 81-year-old driver told police his foot accidentally moved off the brake pedal and hit the gas pedal while he was backing up, Barkas said. That caused his vehicle to accelerate in reverse. The vehicle struck a gas pump, which was knocked over onto another vehicle.
First responders were on scene trying to get people out of their vehicles when the gas station’s fire suppression system went off, coating everything underneath in sodium bicarbonate, which is used to suffocate flames.
Barkas said the drivers of both vehicles, a witness on scene and two Quincy police officers were taken to area hospitals for minor injuries. The officers, she said, were treated and released at South Shore Hospital for exposure to the fire suppressant.
Fire Chief Jack Cadegan said one Quincy firefighter was taken to South Shore Hospital after complaining of severe headaches and difficulty breathing, which was also believed to have been caused by exposure to the fire suppressant. The firefighter was home as of Wednesday morning.
Barkas said the 81-year-old driver was cited for negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Police have also filed a request with the Registry of Motor Vehicles for an immediate threat license revocation.