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Published September 18 2010

Gas pump knocked over, falls onto woman in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Police say a Lake Park woman filling up at a Detroit Lakes gas station was injured late Thursday when a van knocked over the gas pump and it fell on her, bursting into flames.

Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kelvin Keena identified the victim as 29-year-old Jessica Endres. She was taken to St. Mary’s Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes with a significant cut on her arm, bruising and scratches, Keena said.

A condition report wasn’t available.

The van’s alleged driver, Gayleen Schulz-Mohamed, 42, of Pelican Rapids, was arrested on suspicion of DWI and criminal vehicular operation and taken to the Becker County Jail.

According to Keena:

The driver and her husband were leaving the Holiday Station at 233 Frazee St. E. in a maroon minivan around 10 p.m. when she backed into a barricade protecting vent poles for the underground gas tanks. She then drove forward and hit a parked car and veered off and hit the gas pump.

The pump was knocked over onto Endres and burst into flames. The van’s driver then backed up and hit another car.

Police arrived and tried to move everyone away from the burning pump, but Keena said some bystanders were being belligerent and wouldn’t leave.

No one else was injured in the incident, he said.