New York Police say the accident happened on Grand Central Parkway near Exit 4 at the Brooklyn Queens Parkway. A 2010 Toyota Highlander carrying Dale Tulloch, 50 and an unidentified male, 26 and an unidentified female, 25 was traveling eastbound when the vehicle struck a metal object in the roadway. The metal caused an explosion in the vehicle which caused the SUV to burn.
The unidentified male and female both escaped from the vehicle, but rescue crews found Tulloch’s body in the back seat. Investigators are trying to determine exactly what caused the fiery crash.
The U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) report on vehicle fires published in Jan. 2013 found that one in seven fires which fire crews respond to are a highway vehicle fire. The report looked at incidences of vehicle fires between 2008 and 2010. During that time about 86 percent of highway vehicle fires occurred in passenger vehicles. The leading factor which contributed to highway vehicle fires was mechanical failure.