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Awning collapse at gas station injures three

An awning collapsed onto gas pumps at the J&P Market, located at 200 State Highway 77 South in Marion, Ark. An awning collapsed onto gas pumps at the J&P Market, located at 200 State Highway 77 South in Marion, Ark.
At least three people were injured in the collapse. At least three people were injured in the collapse.

(WMC-TV) - An awning collapsed at J&P Market, located at 200 State Highway 77 South in Marion, Ark., damaging gas pumps and vehicles beneath it. Three people were injured.

Several customers were either pumping gas or inside the convenience store when the roof came crashing down.

"Sounded like somebody was shooting and all of a sudden, the whole thing went down," said Larry Gann, who was filling his pickup truck at the time. "I just got through telling my wife this morning, she was going to take my truck down here to the hospital. I told her, if she put one scratch on my red truck, I was gonna be mad. Here I am putting gas in it, and look."

Gann says the metal canopy scratched his arm as it collapsed on top of him. He says a man in an SUV was hurt the worst when the canopy fell.

"That guy was right there," explained Gann. "It is a wonder it didn't kill him. He was covered up from head to toe and it took five of us lifting it off, so it had to be heavy."

Marion police say the man was taken to The MED with serious leg injuries. He is expected to be OK.

Two other people received minor injuries.

The snow and ice buildup caused another canopy to fall in Marion Tuesday, but nobody was hurt in that collapse.

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