Crowd helps man struck at Woodbury gas station

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A 65-year-old man was badly injured Wednesday after being hit by an SUV at a Woodbury gas station.

Kenneth Burke sustained a head injury and a broken leg after being struck by a Ford Excursion, the Star Tribune said. Members of a gathering crowd tried to keep Burke awake as ambulances drew near.

The driver, 47-year-old Michael Carroll of Woodbury, will most likely not be charged. He pulled up to a gas pump and hit Burke, knocking him down, the Pioneer Press said.

Police got the call for help at 10:14 a.m., the Tribune said. Within minutes, firetrucks, ambulance and fire cruisers filled the parking lot. First responders had to decide how to lift the Excursion, which weighs more than 7,000 pounds.

They tucked an extrication tool called the Jaws of Life and airbags under the vehicle and deployed airbags to lift, Fire Cmdr. John Wallgren said. Burke was conscious and talking as they extricated him, he said.

Burke was in critical condition Wednesday night at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, the Press said.

His wife, Dianne Burke, told others at the scene that Burke was recovering from a stroke, and that's why he was walking with a cane.

Woodbury police, along with the State Patrol, are investigating.

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