A tanker truck carrying gasoline overturned and crashed into a vacant Long Island building Wednesday, bursting into flames. Traffic was stopped for hours and fuel spilled into the sewer systeminformed the authorities.
“When I got here, there was fire everywhere, in the streets, in the truck, in both buildings”
“When I got here, there was fire everywhere, in the streets, in the truck, in both buildings, and when I looked down Sunrise Highway, there was fire coming out of seven or eight manhole covers,” said Fire Chief James Avondet. of the town of Rockville Center, after the accident that occurred at 1:00 in the morning.
The truck driver was injured, and three of the 150 firefighters who responded to the scene were also treated for injuries, authorities said at a news conference. The cause of the accident was under investigation.
the tanker truck crashed into an empty La-Z-Boy showroom at North Center Avenue and Sunrise Highway, about 30 miles east of New York City.
“There were about 34 thousand liters of gasoline in the tanker truck when it overturned and caught fire”
“There was about 9,000 gallons of gasoline in the tanker when it overturned and caught fire,” said Nassau County Fire Chief Michael Uttaro. “The driver was able to get out on his own and was taken to a local hospital.”
The fuel reached the sewage system and streams, where it is being held back with barriers, said Uttaro.
“So there is no threat to the environment right now,” he said. “There is no threat to any of the citizens or to any home,” she added.