Four people were injured when the vehicle carrying 13,000 gallons gas lost control.
A 13,000-gallon fuel tanker that was carrying 4 people collided with a vacant showroom on Long Island in New York. Officials said Wednesday that three responding firefighters and the truck driver sustained injuries.
As a result of a fire that engulfed Rockville Center, black smoke was visible rising from its roof. Following the complete destruction of its structure by fire, the building eventually collapsed.
Major fire on Long Island- Rockville Centre. The 12,000-gallon gas tanker that was being transported overturned onto a building caught fire and then burst into flames. Burning gasoline went into the sewer & is burning for blocks. PAPD sends crash trucks out of JFK. pic.twitter.com/z17PXFLuMt
— NYCFireWire (@NYCFireWire) February 16, 2022
150 firefighters from 20 fire departments on scene after tanker truck carrying 9,200 gallons of gasoline crashes into vacant former La-Z-Boy building on Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre, Long Island; 3 firefighters & truck driver hurt @ABC7NYpic.twitter.com/XIaMCqJpAk
— Chantee Lans (@ChanteeLans) February 16, 2022
About 30 miles away from New York City is the showroom. It also reached another building, and the street. As the sun rose above Long Island, signs of fire damage were seen at the liquor store next to it.
The New York Post stated that the truck had been full at the time it crashed.
WNBC-TV Chief Fire Marshal James Avondet stated that they received the call around 1:10 am.
“When I came here, there was fire everywhere, the streets, the tanker, the two buildings, and when I looked down Sunrise Highway, there was fire coming out of seven or eight manhole covers,” Avondet said. “It’s one of the worst things I’ve seen in my 47-year career,”He added.
Witnesses claimed that the flames reached at least 60 feet in height.
The vehicle’s driver managed to flee the flames and is currently being evaluated in hospital.
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