One Injured After Vehicle Hits Gas Pump, Starts Fire On Willow Pass Rd. In Concord

May 4, 2021 20:21 pm · 37 comments

One person was injured after a vehicle struck a gas pump at the ARCO gas station, located at 3400 Willow Pass Rd. in Concord.

The collision occurred at about 5:40 p.m. today.

The crash allegedly happened after a dog got stuck under the gas pedal.

The extend of the victims injuries is unknown at this time.

photo credit: Craig Cannon

HONDA BILL May 4, 2021 at 8:43 PM

talk about a tiny pooch! gheeeez.

Mike Ford May 4, 2021 at 11:15 PM

That could’ve been one hot dog 😉

I’ll see myself out now 😆

Joatmon May 4, 2021 at 8:48 PM

Under the gas pedal? Wouldn’t that mean you couldn’t touch the gas? Did they mean the brake pedal? And wtf is a dog doing in the front anyway? We have a small dog, it always wants to ride in our laps but I refuse to let it interfere while I drive. People’s life’s could be at stake. Luckily no one list their life over this accident

hanne jeppesen May 4, 2021 at 10:05 PM

I totally agree with you. I never had a dog, but from what I read it is not a good idea to have any dog loose in a car. Animals are unpredictable, and although a dog might usually be well behaved, something unexpected can freak it out. I had cats, and whenever I moved or whatever they were in a cage, which was pretty traumatic for me and the cats. When I moved from Foster City to Benicia, I had 2 cat, put them in a separate cage. Both were very vocal the whole trip, and one of them puked, pooped and everything else.

Do we know if the dog is okay?

chuckie the troll May 5, 2021 at 8:01 AM

This was my first thought as well. If the driver said the dog was under the gas pedal, they need a complete medical examination to determine if they are still competent to drive. And like you, our dog always rode in the back seat…safer for everyone.

hanne jeppesen May 4, 2021 at 9:00 PM

As mentioned drove by there about 10 minutes or less after it happened. Looked pretty bad, car surely toast. Please keep us up dated as to the condition of the injured and also the dog. Hope everyone is okay.

whatever May 4, 2021 at 9:25 PM

I’m going to go out on a limb and say the dog got stuck under the brake pedal. If he was stuck under the gas pedal, the truck wouldn’t move.

WC Resident May 4, 2021 at 10:17 PM

I suspect the dog was stuck under the gas pedal, as reported, the human freaked out, and was unwilling to use either the gas nor brakes in fear of injuring the dog. The human forgot about downshifting to first gear to slow down and then using the parking brake to stop the vehicle.

It’s also possible the dog was driving and the injured person was a passenger…

Dr. Jellyfinger May 4, 2021 at 10:57 PM

What the hell were they thinking letting a dog drive?

Juan May 5, 2021 at 12:47 AM

Dog died in the accident it got burned Apparently it was under the pedals when she reached down to get it while she’s was driving the dog got on the gas pedal. I was there when it happened

Roz May 5, 2021 at 6:48 AM

Thanks for the Info,….sad the dog didn’t make it.

Anonymous May 5, 2021 at 1:41 AM

When I was but a lad in SoCal in the 1960s, a local teenage girl from the high school a block away from our home was killed when her lapdog puppy got under the brake pedal of her VW Bug and she apparently was unwilling to crush the dog to save her own life. She hit a palm tree and was killed. Those palm trees do not break like hardwood. They barely bend in a hurricane. It was a tragedy that I still think about today, probably because we walked down the street with the other kids and saw the destroyed VW.

Any dog small enough to fit under the brake pedal should be in a cage or pet carrier.

remember May 5, 2021 at 5:21 AM

like other have said the explanation doesn’t make sense. how does a dog get stuck under the gas peddle without the driver being able to step on the break? was the car in gear? ahhh was it an electric car? now that could happen.

Michqel May 5, 2021 at 6:51 AM

The dog disengaged the self driving mode because he overheard the distance learning via ZOoM the past year for obedience school would continue into Fall 2021 😬

The dog heard the word ZOOM and took over the vehicle so he could get home more quickly for dinner😁😀

Cellophane May 5, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Who’s responsible?

The driver.

Dog restraints are inexpensive.

How can you get irresponsible people to be responsible?

It’s to each person to make that choice.

Joe May 5, 2021 at 7:08 AM

Thank you Juan for the information. Very sorry to hear about the dog and anyone one else that was hurt during this “accident”.

It just drives me crazy with all the speculation that is written from people above when they weren’t there.

Like Joe Friday use to say “Just the facts Ma’am”

The Wizard May 5, 2021 at 7:25 AM

I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often. I see people all the time driving by with dogs on their laps.

Jeff May 5, 2021 at 8:01 AM

A very sad story for both the person and dog.

Toonces the cat could have driven the car.


Lovelace May 5, 2021 at 11:14 AM

Toonces always drove off a cliff..😉

Dr. Jellyfinger May 5, 2021 at 8:12 AM

If anybody else ever finds themselves in that situation I’d suggest putting the car in neutral and using the parking brake.
Stopping the car (even in traffic) is better than careening out of control.

hanne jeppesen May 5, 2021 at 10:18 AM

From the comments here, seems like the driver panicked, which is understandable. Not everyone knows about putting the car in neutral etc. and even if they did when you panic you don’t think clearly.

Frustrated May 5, 2021 at 10:59 AM

How/why is it legal to drive with an animal in the front seat? I’ve often seen drivers holding a dog on their lap and wondered how that is allowed.

Lovelace May 5, 2021 at 11:15 AM

Toonces always drove off a cliff..😉

Original G May 5, 2021 at 11:08 AM

Went by station Willow Pass & Farm Bureau, all pumps yellow taped off.
That’s one expensive dog.

American Citizen May 5, 2021 at 11:14 AM

Why the hell do people let dogs jump around in cars? They belong secured in a dog crate while in a car. For your safety and theirs. This is graphic evidence.

Winnie The Pooh May 5, 2021 at 11:57 AM

I truly hope the dog is ok!!

anon May 5, 2021 at 1:31 PM

Hey, one more reason I hate dogs. Loud, barking, bitey wastes of space, and their owners are rare responsible with them.

If you really love your furbaby, if it’s really like a child to you or a family member to you, why isn’t it locked in a crate which is in turn strapped in with a seat belt? Do you WANT your dog to be catapulted through the windshield?

Silva May 5, 2021 at 3:38 PM

Many many moons ago when I wasn’t as smart as I am now, this could’ve been me when I was taking a cat home from the vet. He busted out of a cardboard pet carrier and went right down behind the pedals at my feet. It had never occurred to me that he might choose the floor pedals to hide behind, I’d never heard of that before or had it happen. I couldn’t use them because I would’ve had to have voluntarily crushed him by stepping on the breaks, and I just couldn’t. Luckily after a few moments I had the presence of mind to try using the parking brake to stop the half ton p/u truck I was driving, and then I wrangled the cat out of there, which was not an easy feat either. I don’t remember how I managed, but it didn’t happen again before I got him home, but I do remember feeling terribly apprehensive the rest of the way. It was very upsetting, and from that day forward I’ve always driven with any animal in a vehicle only in a secure carrying case. I would never want to go through anything like that again.

Kelly May 5, 2021 at 5:23 PM

for everyone who wants to know ,we are ok and the dog was on the peddles i went to pull him out cuz my passenger woundnt help me and dog pulled away hit the gas peddle I coundt react quick enough to stop van i tried … mu son and I are ok just minor burns to forearms thank God but unfortunately we lost our dog 😔😭💔and im new to driving so didn’t know about emergency break would stop the van or I would’ve used it so thanks for everyone who brought that to my attention i only pray this never happens again if I even continue to drive anymore not sure I want to at this moment …

nytemuvr May 5, 2021 at 9:04 PM

@Kelly….No comment.

steve May 6, 2021 at 2:18 PM

that is the most bs i have ever heard maybe you should never drive again it will be safer for us ……

ptpauly May 7, 2021 at 9:58 PM

No more pets for you!

Hanne Jeppesen May 5, 2021 at 6:16 PM

Sad about your dog. Hopefully you will drive again, but without a loose dog in the car. Seems to me when taking the driving test there should be more education on the technical aspect of the car.

FPN May 5, 2021 at 10:14 PM

I am sorry but this whole story is very odd. No more pets please.

hanne jeppesen May 6, 2021 at 1:35 AM

FPN, I think the comment should be no loose pets in a car. Certainly you don’t expect people to not have pets, and there is nothing wrong with having pets, but a cat or dog does not belong in a car unless they are secured in a cage or otherwise.

FPN May 6, 2021 at 9:56 AM

@Hanne, was only commenting about subject at hand. Was not talking about pet ownership of our community as a whole.

PL May 6, 2021 at 11:52 AM

Glad you are o.k. Kelly. So sorry to hear about your dog. Don’t let this keep you from driving in the future. We’re all human and we all make mistakes. Be well!

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