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Driver escapes serious injury when gas station canopy collapses on his SUV


The canopy at a Duluth gas station collapsed Sunday afternoon, crushing a man's SUV while he was sitting inside.

A support beam from the canopy landed on the driver's side of Anthony Isham's month-old SUV. He told the Duluth News Tribune that he remembers the sound of breaking glass as he leaned his seat back to avoid serious injury – he got minor cuts to his hands from broken glass, but that's it.

Two other vehicles were slightly damaged, but no one else was injured, WDIO reports.

Fire crews responded quickly to the incident and secured the gas pumps and isolated the area, according to reports.

Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Bushey told the newspaper that recent warm weather likely reduced the overall snow load on the canopy, but uneven melting could have caused a shift in the balance of weight and put unusual strains on the structure. The fire department is still investigating the official cause of the collapse.

Matt Potter, who co-owns the ICO gas station with his father, plans to reopen the convenience store and gas station as soon as possible, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

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