September 3, 2014 4:59 pm

Propane tank ruptured by out of control car

A 57-year-old man has been taken to hospital following a crash at a Vernon gas station Wednesday.

Jim Lenton/ Global Okanagan

VERNON, B.C. – A man has been taken to hospital after his car crashed into a propane fueling tank on 25th Avenue in Vernon Wednesday.

RCMP say the 57-year-old was the sole occupant in the SUV that careened out of control down 43rd Street after missing a corner.

Emergency responders say the man was found to be in medical distress.

The vehicle plowed through a concrete barrier before striking the large propane tank, causing a gas leak.

The threat to public safety was real, according to fire fighters who responded to the scene to ensure the gas was shut off quickly.

Vernon RCMP say the driver was taken to hospital with head injuries and to be treated for the undisclosed medical condition that caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

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