Leadership

Gasoline Ignited by Cigar; Explosion Hurls Driver from Truck

Issue 2 and Volume 117.

Gasoline Ignited by Cigar; Explosion Hurls Driver from Truck A NEWS AGENCY panel delivery truck blew up on Sunday, October 13, in Swedesboro, Pa. Miraculously, the driver received only minor injuries, even though thrown from the vehicle. At about 5:50 p. m. the truck was proceeding on East Fourth Street in this Upper Merion Township Community, having passed the overhead turnpike bridge about 200 feet when it exploded. The driver was blown from the cab and considered fortunate to have escaped with first-degree burns of the face and hands. The truck was destroyed by the resulting fire which enveloped it in seconds. A detailed investigation revealed that the explosion was caused by gasoline fumes inside the truck ignited by a cigar the driver was smoking. Upper Merion Fire Marshal Paul Carney, upon investigation, found that the cap of the gas tank in an enclosed portion of the truck was missing.…

Subscribe to unlock this content

Subscribe Now