Police say a driver running a stop sign in front of Four Corners General Store in West Gardiner on Sunday morning caused a three-vehicle crash that forced a man pumping gas to jump out of the way of a careening SUV.

A 54-year-old Winthrop man driving a 2010 Toyota RAV4 on Town House Road drove into the intersection at High Street without stopping and struck a 1997 Toyota SUV driven by a 17-year-old Gardiner boy, said Maine State Police Trooper Christopher Rogers. Rogers said the driver of the SUV tried to avoid the crash, but ended up being pushed toward the gas pumps at the corner store, where Joel Moran of West Gardiner was pumping gas into his 2000 Lincoln.

Moran, 38, jumped out of the way milliseconds before being crushed by the vehicle, narrowly escaping injury, Rogers said.

Rogers didn’t witness the crash, but he watched a video of it recorded by a store security camera.

“It was incredible,” Rogers said. “The gentleman was pumping gas. He moved out of the way just in time.”

No one was injured in the crash, but both the 17-year-old’s SUV and Moran’s car had to be towed, Rogers said. The driver who caused the crash, Sing-Cheong Chu, was summoned for failing to stop at a stop sign, Rogers said.

Paul Koenig — 621-5663

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