One step backward prevents man from being crushed

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Man Narrowly Escapes Being Crushed in Surveillance Video

WEST GARDINER, Maine -- A Maine man is lucky to be alive, after an out-of-control SUV nearly crushed him as he was pumping gas.

"I moved out of the way just in time," said Joel Moran, West Gardiner.

"Not until I saw the video did I realize how close I was," Moran said.

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Moran said he was out running errands yesterday when he stopped at the Four Corners General Store to get gas just after noon.

The store's surveillance video shows the driver of the dark SUV blow through the stop sign, police say.

Another SUV coming through the intersection clips the first vehicle and loses control.

"Out of the corner of my eye, I see the car screeching," Moran said. "Screeching across the road where the tire marks are and then he tried to correct and just barreled towards here and I went like this, dropped it, and stepped like this about a foot and a half."

The out-of-control SUV slammed his car up against the gas pump.

His step backward prevented him from being crushed.

"We can sit on the couch and yell at the TV and say, 'Just get out of the way!' well, wait until it happens to you and you'll realize it's not the easy to get out of the way," he said.

Incredibly, no one involved in yesterday's accident was hurt.

"I guess the word is blessed, and lucky that things didn't end up worse," he said.

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