Car crashes cut out all Cayce Exxon pumps
Exxon on Charleston Highway is out of pumps after cars continue to crash into the business.
CAYCE, SC – After a car accident on May 22, the Exxon on Charleston Highway in Cayce no longer has gas pumps available to customers.
The gas station has had 5 different cars crash into its business since 2017, taking out all four gas pumps.
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Maintenance worker Steve Galloway says he witnessed the most recent crash and called it terrifying.
“I was about to take off on my bike and saw the car twist and go over the white lines,” Galloway recalled. “I saw it come closer and I thought ‘no, no, no’ and then boom. I walked over and saw the lady inside collapse, and smoke started to come out. get out of the car. I shouted for them to stop the pump and for someone to call an ambulance.”
Gas station and car wash owner Al Murrell says the station has plenty of gas but cannot sell it.
“We’re a gas station here with gas and no way to give it to people,” Murrell said.
The gas station says it would cost over $125,000 to replace all the pumps.
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Murrell says the roads changed in 2016 with the development of a Walmart just across the street. He says the northbound curve on Charleston Highway was previously two lanes, but with the addition of the intersection, a sidewalk and a turning lane, he says drivers are often confused and tend to go too fast in the zone.
In 2019, a car crashed into a limo that had been parked outside his business for years. Now he uses it as a barrier for his business and a warning to other drivers.
“I have a 20ft limo and a 30ft limo at the moment, but my thing is that I shouldn’t have to spend my own money putting up barriers to stop cars from getting in. crush on the property,” Murrell explained.
The state Department of Transportation said it plans to conduct a review of crash data before and after the intersection was completed in 2016. They also plan to add additional signage to the existing median to highlight the shape of the curve.
Meanwhile, gas station and car wash employees are asking drivers to slow down.
The SCDOT did not give us a timeline for when the signs will go up around the curve. Owners of the Exxon gas station hope to get a new gas pump by July.