North Carolina gas station destroyed after car crash causes fire; alcohol a factor, driver under 21: authorities

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- A driver crashed a car into a gas station in North Carolina overnight, causing a fire and road closure.

The crash happened in Hillsborough. The driver and passenger were taken to the hospital. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol told WLS-TV's Raleigh, North Carolina affiliate WTVD the driver was speeding and alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Their injuries are serious, but not life-threatening, police said. Both the driver and passenger were under 21, according to NCSHP. The driver slammed into the gas pumps, setting the car and business on fire.

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The business is a gas station, country store and produce stand.

Footage from the scene showed the vehicle under a collapsed canopy with crews still there around 4 a.m. Wednesday. The owner of the business told WTVD he had owned it for 25 years.
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