Mobil gas station canopy collapses under snow in Elmwood Park

ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Several people narrowly escaped injury when a gas station canopy collapsed under the weight of snow Friday afternoon in west suburban Elmwood Park.

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The collapse happened at a Mobil gas station in the 2100-block of Harlem Avenue. The canopy is the kind that overhangs the gas pumps.

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The village inspector said the pressure of mounting snow and perhaps a slow thaw from a bit of daytme sun buckled support beams and crumpled the overhang, crushing cars as it collapsed.

"I get gas here all the time. I'm hoping nobody got hurt," said Bernie Center, who lives nearby.

The woman in one of the trapped cars, a black SUV, said she heard cracking just before a beam gave way, crashing through her back windshield. She said she escaped through her passenger door.

No one was injured.

The canopy will have to be disassembled and removed in order to free the cars. The gas station is not open for business in the wake of the collapse.
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