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Ampol petrol bowser crash Oakleigh South, Melbourne: car flips on roof

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Terrifying moment a car crashes on its roof into a gas station gas station after going off the road – as stunned witnesses reveal what the driver said after the crash

  • CCTV shows dramatic moment when driver loses control and crashes into gas tank
  • Man crawled out of wreckage and begged residents not to call police
  • Could have ended in tragedy if the gas tank was on at the time
  • Police investigate crash in Melbourne’s Oakleigh South just after 4 a.m. Sunday

CCTV captured the terrifying moment when a car lost control of the vehicle and plunged into a gas tank before flipping over and trapping the driver.

The man behind the wheel remains in critical condition in hospital after the crash at an Ampol service station in southeastern Melbourne early Sunday morning, which could have ended in disaster.

The hatchback can be seen in the footage racing through a bend in Oakleigh South when it suddenly veers off the road and crashes into a metal barrier before racing toward the pumps.

The vehicle rolled over several times and landed on its roof.

Miraculously, the 24-year-old driver managed to crawl out of the blood-stained wreckage despite serious injuries.

Shocked residents awakened by the accident revealed how the driver and his mother, who had rushed to the scene before emergency services arrived, begged them not to call police.

CCTV captured the moment a man lost control of his car and crashed into a gas tank, which could have ended in tragedy if the gas station had been open

“It was a big bang, I’ve never seen such an accident in my life,” Farzana Lucky told Nine News.

“He was covered in blood, he was really badly injured.”

‘They said, ‘No police please, just ambulance.’

He was taken to Alfred Hospital with upper body injuries, where he remains in a critical but stable condition. He has yet to talk to the police.

His broken hatchback was towed away shortly afterwards.

The crash caused extensive damage to the gas tank, which contained a small amount of fuel but no power, minimizing the risk of an explosion.

The staff were busy on Sunday clearing debris that was all over the scene.

It also took out the gas station’s entire fuel system, leaving the family business out of business for much of the day.

The hatchback flipped over several times (pictured) before landing on its roof, forcing the bloodied and badly injured driver to crawl out of the wreckage

The hatchback flipped over several times (pictured) before landing on its roof, forcing the bloodied and badly injured driver to crawl out of the wreckage

“It was very scary, the first thing I thought about was the safety of the person in the car,” said owner Ahmad Dhemani.

‘These pumps are very expensive, I couldn’t figure it out for a while.’

The latest setback for the gas station comes just weeks after the company was robbed by thieves who stole up to $10,000 worth of cigarettes.

Staff and neighbors are extremely grateful that the gas station was closed at the time and that the pumps were turned off.

“The first thing I thought of was ‘that could have been my house,’ said Mrs. Lucky.

Residents who were awakened by the accident and rushed to the scene of the accident (pictured), were urged by the driver and his family not to call the police

Residents who were awakened by the accident and rushed to the scene of the accident (pictured), were urged by the driver and his family not to call the police

Dhemani told Seven News, “Especially at night when these kinds of accidents happen when everyone is asleep and there is a big fire, that would have been a big problem.”

Police have confirmed that they are investigating the single-vehicle accident that occurred shortly after 4 a.m. on Coora Road on Sunday.

Separate CCTV 100 meters away also captured a speeding car shortly before the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has cameras or dashcams is requested to contact Crime Stoppers.

The crash caused extensive damage to the Ampol gas station in Oakleigh South (pictured below)

The crash caused extensive damage to the Ampol gas station in Oakleigh South (pictured below)

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