A Thomson man escaped serious injury in a Saturday morning crash on East Hill Street.
Jeremy Willingham said he lost control of his Pontiac Firebird while driving east in front of Kent's Restaurant around 8:40 a.m. The vehicle entered the lot of Reece's Exxon.
Jeremy Willingham (center) looks at his demolished car.
Mr. Willingham's car missed the gas pumps by less than three yards. His luck ended when he traveled some 20 yards further and slammed into the front of parked Buick Regal, which belonged to James Few. The impact flipped the Regal front over back and it ended up in tall grass next to the station.
"I don't remember a lot," he said, pointing to his totaled vehicle. "I left the roadway and went between the gas pumps and when I woke up, my car is like it is now. I think I had a blowout."
Marco Few, a serviceman at Reece's, said he had been at work barely 10 minutes.
"I had just gotten here and was inside when I saw the car come flying through the lot and before I could look, I heard a bam and the car I had been in was flipped over. It's totaled," said Few.
Fire, rescue units and an ambulance responded to the scene. Willingham's injuries amounted to a bumped knee and head. He later went to the hospital to be checked, according to Thomson Police Officer Richard Redd, who charged Willingham with failure to maintain lane.