The driver of a Mazda crashed into a pole Friday afternoon at a Valero gas station on East Childs Avenue.
No major injuries were reported, according to Merced police.
Police said the crash, reported before 4 p.m., is under investigation.
Officers said preliminary details indicate the driver of the Mazda, a woman in her late teens to early 20s, left the Ramada Inn parking lot on East Childs Avenue and crossed the street to enter the Valero station.
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The Mazda clipped the driver's side of a white Impala that was preparing the leave the gas station. The Mazda driver lost control and crashed into a pole. She told police her passenger, a man, had tried to grab the wheel.
The Impala driver was not hurt. The Mazda driver appeared to have minor bumps and scrapes, and her passenger’s only visible injury was a cut lip.
Police said the Mazda did not hit any of the gas pumps.