Los Angeles driver barrels truck into gas station, knocking over pump and injuring 11, including kids

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A pick-up truck barreled into a Los Angeles gas station on Tuesday, knocking over a fuel pump, hitting other vehicles and leaving at least 11 people, including five children injured, according to authorities.  

The truck, which was towing a concrete pumping trailer, entered the station in the Panorama City neighborhood shortly before 5 p.m. and hit three cars, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

Nobody was trapped in the cars and there wasn’t any fire, just a minor gasoline spill, the fire department said. 

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Police investigate a car accident at a gas station in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. 

Police investigate a car accident at a gas station in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.  (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Eleven people received minor injuries and seven were taken to hospitals for evaluation, while four declined to be transported, according to the agency. 

Police investigate a car accident at a gas station in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. 

Police investigate a car accident at a gas station in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.  (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

Police investigate a car accident at a gas station in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. 

Police investigate a car accident at a gas station in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.  (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey told the Los Angeles Times that a gas station employee activated an emergency shutoff switch to prevent further gas spillage or spread. 

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LAPD spokesman Officer Drake Madison told the Times the driver of the truck was not immediately arrested and there was no evidence of a DUI, though the investigation is ongoing. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.