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Originally published Friday, May 13, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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Chevy Suburban catches fire | Bothell man hits 3 vehicles before ramming a gas pump

A man got another man out of a Chevy Suburban that caught fire after ramming into a gas-station pump yesterday morning in Shoreline. Before hitting the gas...

A man got another man out of a Chevy Suburban that caught fire after ramming into a gas-station pump yesterday morning in Shoreline.

Before hitting the gas pump at the Chevron station at Ballinger Way and 19th Avenue Northeast about 10:30 a.m., the driver of the Suburban hit three other vehicles — one of which was then forced into another vehicle, the State Patrol said. No one was injured.

Raymond Willey, 70, of Bothell, was driving the Suburban west on Ballinger Way when it hit one car, careened into a pickup stopped at a red light, went through the red light and hit another pickup that was leaving the driveway of the Chevron station, troopers said. That pickup hit another car in the gas-station lot.

The Suburban, still accelerating, ran over a strip of plantings separating the gas-station property from the street and plowed into the pump, which landed 25 feet away, said Kelly Spangler, State Patrol spokeswoman.

Kevin Martin, who was on his way to work in the emergency room of Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, had just gotten his vehicle's oil changed and filled the tank when the accident occurred. His vehicle was one of those struck.

He jumped out, he said, and yelled for someone to shut down the pumps. He then ran over to the burning Suburban and told Willey to get out. He was reluctant at first, Martin said, but then got out.

The fire charred the front of the Suburban, Spangler said.

Troopers found no sign that Willey had been drinking or was under the influence of drugs, or that he had been impaired by a medical problem, Spangler said.

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