Overflowing Tank Truck Causes Fatal Fire

Issue 9 and Volume 108.

Overflowing Tank Truck Causes Fatal Fire Photo by William C. Pock Four persons were burned, one fatally, and two cars were destroyed in an unusual fire at one of the service areas on the New Jersey Turnpike. The tragedy occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on May 28th at the service area on the eastbound lane of the turnpike in the Township of East Brunswick. A tank truck was delivering gasoline to a 10,000-gallon underground storage tank when the tank overflowed and gasoline flowed onto the roadway and beneath two parked automobiles. One car was unoccupied while Irving Blum, 34, his wife Myra and their two-year-old daughter, of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, were sitting in the other. Believed ignited by a nearby construction torch, the entire gasoline-covered area and the two cars were suddenly enveloped in flame. Two of the service attendants risked their lives by rushing into the flames and pulling…

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