12 People Injured In Food Truck Explosion In Philadelphia


CBS NEWS - Twelve people were injured, two of them listed in critical condition, following a food truck explosion in Philadelphia’s Feltonville neighborhood.

Captured on surveillance video, the incident was reported around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3rd and Wyoming.

By all accounts, it was a quick and violent blast caught on tape.

“I heard the boom first and then the fire just came out of nowhere,” victim Latoya Page said.

“I have first degree burns on my whole left side,” she said.

“I was walking by and the truck just blew up,” Page said. “And I just saw the fire and the fire just hit me and I started running.

Startled and stunned, eyewitnesses say the explosion sent parts of the truck and a propane tank flying across the street, burning a passing car, and starting a minor fire.

“That pole over there caught on fire all the way up to the top,” a neighbor said.

“The whole house shook like an earthquake,” another neighbor said.

“I was walking and I literally like missed a step, one foot to another. It rocked me,” said an eyewitness.

“It appears, preliminarily, that the cause of this explosion was a propane tank,” Chief Inspector Scott Small of Philadelphia Police said, “This lunch truck actually has two similar propane tanks in the rear of the truck.” Small said, “One of them is still intact. The other one exploded.”

Hospital officials confirm 42-year-old Olga Galdamez and 17-year-old Jaylin Landaverry remain in critical condition.

CBS 3 is told the 42-year-old mother and her 17-year-old daughter were working inside the truck at the time and they were severely burned in this incident still under investigation.

Police say a 23-year-old woman is listed in stable condition and a 13-year-old, also listed in stable condition, is recovering at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

The eight other victims have since been treated and released.

The investigation continues.