PHILADELPHIA – A propane tank on a food truck exploded on Tuesday, and engulfed a busy street in flames and sent debris flying into the air.
Witnesses say a ball of flames and flying debris covered Wyoming Ave., near 3rd St., in Feltonville on Tuesday.
“Next thing I know, a big boom, smoke, screams, something I’ll never forget,” said Shaquille Glover.
Surveillance video from a nearby business shows cars passing the La Parri-llada Chapina food truck.
The truck suddenly exploded, shooting flames about 200 feet into the air, shaking homes and businesses nearby.
Authorities say 12 people were injured with two of those victims listed in critical condition.
“The girl was walking by from the nail salon and her whole back got sprayed with debris and she was screaming all the way up the street, “I’m on fire. I want my mom, I want my mom,” said Nicole Ellis.
Officers from Septa Transit Police Department heard the explosion and were the first to get to the scene.
Police say a mother and daughter were working inside the truck at the time of the blast.
“The woman that lives in the house here was able to get me a blanket so we can get this other woman in and get them away from the truck that was still burning,” said Lt. John Arnold, with the Septa Transit Police Department.
Laytoya Page suffered first-degree burns to the left side of her body.
“I turned around and saw the fire coming toward me. I fell, got back up and started running again,” said Page.