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Tractor-trailer crashes into gas station in NE Philly, catches fire

A tractor-trailer crashed into a gas station in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday and burst into flames, but firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading.

Two people were injured, but their injuries are not life threatening, officials said.

The incident occurred about 6:30 a.m. on Oxford Avenue and Levick Street in the Lawndale section.

The tractor pulling a ShopRite trailer apparently collided with a passenger vehicle before veering off the road, snapping a utility poll in half and running through the lot of the Speedway station at the intersection.

The tractor did not hit any gas pumps but it caught fire.

Firefighters triggered the emergency shutoff to prevent the gas pumps from, exploding in case the fire spread.

The fire was declared under control around 6:50 a.m.

The intersection remained closed into the morning rush hour,  but has since reopened.