Two Lamborghinis, one red Performante and one blue Huracan, parked one behind the other at gas station pumps. On the opposite side of the Lamborghinis, a minivan was pulling away from the gas station. Apparently, the driver of the minivan made a mistake: the fuel pump nozzle was still inside the fuel tank. The result? The $400,000 blue Lamborghini was engulfed in flames.
“I’ve seen people drive away from pumps and make mistakes, but never seen something to that extent with that much money being destroyed,” customer Thomas George told Fox2Now St. Louis after the July 8 incident in Kirkwood, Missouri.
A man named Parker Gelber, who identified himself as the driver of the red Lamborghini Performante, gave details of the episode in a Facebook post with photos and video from a bystander.
Gelber went into the store at the gas station because of a card error. The driver of the blue Huracan also was there to get water. Then they saw a massive fireball out the windows; They run out of the gas station to the other side of the road. “At this point, we had no idea what happened or who’s car(s) were on fire,” Gelber said. When the fire was out, he found the blue Lamborghini completely “burned down,” and his car was “covered in ash.”
A baffled Gelber had a bystander come to him with the first aid personnel. The bystander was recording the Lamborghinis to show his friends before the incident. He caught exactly what was happening to the Lamborghinis. According to the bystander, when the minivan was moving out of the station with the fuel pump nozzle inside the gas tank, the pump sprayed fuel directly onto the blue Huracan’s engine bay. “It instantly ignited.” Gelber wrote in the Facebook post.
Posted by Parker Gelber on Sunday, July 8, 2018
Gelber is a car salesman at Exotic Motors Midwest. He and a friend, driver of the blue Huracan, had been out in the cars. The incident happened when they stopped for gas, the Riverfront Times reported.
No one was hurt in the event. Police have ruled this incident to be an accident. Fox2Now St. Louis said.