Food Truck Explosion in Philadelphia Injures 12 People

An exploding food truck leaves 12 hurt, with 2 in critical condition

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

The explosion engulfed a busy street in Philadelphia

A food truck exploded Tuesday evening on a busy street in Philadelphia, leaving two people, a mother and her teenage daughter, with critical burns, and ten other bystanders with non-critical injuries. Police believe that the explosion was caused by one of the truck’s propane tanks.

The La Parrillada Chapina truck’s rear left propane tank exploded at 5:30 p.m. The force of the explosion sent the tank flying 50 feet, landing in a house’s backyard. The flames reached a height of 200 feet.

The critically injured mother, Olga Galdemez, 42, and her daughter Jaylin Landaverry, 17, were both working inside the truck when the explosion happened. Two of the other victims are reportedly in stable condition, and the other eight who were injured in the blast have been treated and released from the hospital.

Witnesses described the blast to NBC10. Nicole Ellis, one of the witnesses, said, “A girl was walking by from the nail salon and her whole back got sprayed with debris.” The explosion engulfed several cars as well as injuring 12 people.

Police are still investigating. A surveillance camera on the street caught the explosion on video. Watch it here: 

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