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911 Calls Released

A Buncombe County man remains hospitalized tonight after his car crashed and exploded at a gas station.

Today, we get a better sense of what was happening from the first calls to 911.

Several witnesses were quick to grab their phones and call 911.

"I need a fire department, the hot spot, the gas station's on fire, everything's on fire."

On the way where a man was trapped in a burning car, the calls to 911 kept coming, "what's on fire?  The gas pump and the car.. just everything."

The crash startled people next door at the Leicester Family Restaurant, "the first thing I heard a big boom."

Gus Tasios was busy in the kitchen, Leicester Family Restaurant, "couple minutes later I looked out the door and there was flames coming off it looked like the pumps."

The station manager says the car erupted into flames instantly and no one could do anything until firemen arrived.

Today, the working fuel pumps were open for business, the charred remains a shocking jolt to customers.

Carie Joyner, customer, "my cousin, she was online and she said it was really scary."

Carie Joyner fuels up here regularly and is just thankful no one else was hurt, "you never know. It could happen at any time."

Firemen eventually freed 38 year old Anthony Severino, "the fire department they were I'd say within minutes."

Leaving many to wonder what caused him to crash, "I don't know if something happened to him, if he had a heart attack or something but he just came in with a high rate of speed.'

Police haven't released any information about what may have caused Severino to crash.

He remains listed in critical condition at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center burn unit.

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