12 Injured in Philadelphia Food Truck Explosion
12 people were injured Tuesday evening when the propane tank on a food truck in Philadelphia’s Feltonville neighborhood exploded.
Two In Critical Condition Following Food Truck Explosion
A CBS affiliate reports that the La Parrillada Chapnia food truck was on the corner of 3rd and Wyoming when it was engulfed in flames around 5:30 pm Tuesday.
Two women working the food truck, 42-year-old Olga Galdamez and 17-year-old Jaylin Landaverry, were severely burned in the explosion and are currently listed in critical condition. At least nine others were also hospitalized.
Authorities believe the explosion is linked to a four-foot propane tank, one of two the fueled the food truck. The tank was found in a residential backyard roughly 150 away for the blast.
Philadelphia’s fire department, police and bomb squad all responded to the scene and continue to investigate the incident.
Burn Injury Statistics
Following information provided by the American Burn Association:
- An estimated 450,000 people are admitted to hospitals or visit hospital emergency rooms with burn injuries every year.
- Each year, there are roughly 3,400 fire/burn/smoke inhalation deaths – this includes 2,550 deaths from residential fires, 300 deaths from vehicle fires, and 550 deaths from other sources.
- On average, 30,000 people per year will be admitted to the 127 burn centers in the U.S.