VIDEO: Deadly gas station crash caught on camera

SAVANNAH, GA (WSAV) – Savannah Fire officials released a video on the crash and fire that left one person dead and another in the hospital.

Police confirm, 87-year-old James Lester was killed after losing control of his vehicle after a traffic accident on Bull Street late Tuesday morning. Lester’s SUV crossed through the parking lot of a BP gas station, hitting a pump and sparking the fire.

Additional personnel was called in to help and emergency crews were able to extinguish the fire with a combination of foam and water.  The outside of the building received some heat damage, but the inside of the store was undamaged.   One employee and one customer were inside the business during the fire.  The employee was able to get out, but firefighters needed to escort the customer to safety.

Southside EMS says one other person was treated and taken to Memorial Hospital.

Roads around the gas station were closed for several hours.

Savannah Fire Investigators along with SCMPD’s Major Accident Investigation Team continue to investigate the incident.

The owner of the Chu’s convenience store provided water to the working firefighters. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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