COMMACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Two people are dead after a fiery crash at a gas station on Long Island.
Surveillance video shows a car slamming into the pumps at the Sunoco on Jericho Turnpike near the intersection of Veterans Memorial Highway around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The vehicle then burst into flames with two men trapped inside.
“I come outside, and this car hitting this pump, and I called 911,” gas station attendant Bassart Ahmed told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell.
Ahmed quickly triggered the station’s fire suppression system.
“Car fired started – the reason I put sprinkler on it,” he said.
An officer who happened to be nearby was first on the scene. Investigators were on the scene for hours working to determine what caused the crash.
“It’s sad, it’s somebody’s kids,” said nearby car wash owner Vinny Rella.
Dense fog made visibility in the area less than a half mile. Authorities are also looking into whether speed was a factor.
The driver has been identified as 27-year-old Hector Sanchez Jr., of Brentwood, and his passenger was identified as 24-yaer-old Shawn Jenkins Jr., of Bay Shore.