Wareham 7-Eleven closed until further notice after car strikes gas pump

Sep 15, 2017
7-11's fire suppression system was set off after a car slammed into a gas pump Friday afternoon.

East Wareham's 7-Eleven will be closed until further notice after a van backed into a gas pump Friday afternoon, triggering the store's fire suppression system.

Police said 60-year-old John Malley of Wareham accidentally backed into the pump at approximately 12:30 p.m. Police said Malley was not injured and no citations were issued.

Emergency broadcasts indicate there was not a fire following the crash. Town officials report that a professional crew will be required to clean up the store, which could take up to a week. During that time, both the store and gas station will be closed to the public.

The town’s building inspector and Board of Health agent were both called to the scene.

CORRECTION: Due to a Wareham Police Department error, the original version of this article stated that 54-year-old Richard McCullum of Bourne was the driver.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Sep 15, 2017 14:40

Hope he recovers quickly.  That white "foam" can asphyxiate.


That 7-11 can't catch a break.  There was some kind of leak there a while ago that closed the place down.  Another time recently,  the gas pumps were closed while the store was open.  It must be hard to remain profitable when these unforeseen things close the place.

Posted by: Lou Ken Goud | Sep 15, 2017 15:26

They posted the wrong name Richard was not the driver, he was on a bicycle and was seen by the EMS as the store filled with the white powder. Scary how information is erroneously reported


Posted by: Matthew Bernat | Sep 15, 2017 15:33

Hi Lou,

The identity of the driver came directly from the Wareham Police Department. I just called the department to verify if that was the correct information and they confirmed it.

- Matthew

Posted by: Matthew Bernat | Sep 15, 2017 15:40

Hello again Lou,

I just got a call from Wareham Police saying that due to a computer glitch, Richard McCullum was mistakenly listed as the driver in the original press release. The article has been updated.

- Matthew

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Sep 15, 2017 20:14

Darned computer glitches--they're everywhere.

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