A South Carolina woman who was hoarding gasoline caught on fire this Thursday after her car burst into flames, ABC News reports.
According to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy attempted to stop a car with a stolen license plate, but the driver “accelerated the vehicle in an attempt to elude law enforcement.”
“The deputy then activated his vehicle’s siren. Before the deputy could complete radio traffic with the Communications center, the driver of the Pontiac lost control of the vehicle leaving the roadway and completely flipping the vehicle,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“Multiple explosions” could be heard coming from inside the car before the driver, identified as Jessica Gale Patterson, exited the car on fire.
“The deputy pushed Ms. Patterson to the ground in order to put out the flames,” the sheriff’s office said.
Video posted to Facebook shows the car in flames.
Patterson was taken to hospital where her condition remains unknown. She told police that she had several containers of fuel in the trunk of her car.
As ABC News points out, people have been panic-buying gasoline across the Southeast after hackers broke in to Colonial Pipeline’s networks, causing the U.S. fuel pipeline to temporarily shut down.