Student driver hits gas, crashes into church

2/3 – A Nissan Minivan crashed into the side of Springfield Faith Center on Sunday night. According to Chief Battalion Ben Meigs, there were no injuries, but the hazmat team was called out due to a severed fuel line and concerns that the fuel spilling into the building could ignite and create an explosion. (Rhianna Gelhart/The Register-Guard)


SPRINGFIELD — A student driver who stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake sent a van through a wall at the Springfield Faith Center on Sunday, causing an estimate $100,000 in damage.

The crash could have been much worse, said Ben Meigis, a battalion chief for Eugene-Springfield Fire. The impact severed the van’s gas line, pouring gasoline all over the accident site and prompting deployment of a hazmat team.

The crash was reported at 8:40 p.m. at 600 Hayden Bridge Way on the student driver’s second excursion behind the wheel. Neither she nor the passenger in the van were injured, according to witnesses at the scene.

Their names were unavailable at 10:30 p.m.


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