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Moment tanker truck carrying 300 propane cylinders explodes on Long Island expressway 

Moment tanker truck carrying 300 propane cylinders explodes into flames after crash on Long Island expressway

  • FDNY crews rushed to the scene of the blast at 97-05 Horace Harding Expressway in Queens just before midnight Monday
  • Multiple explosions were heard and fireballs shot into the air from the overturned trailer which was carrying around 300 20-pound propane cylinders 
  • One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast
  • Shocking footage was posted to social media by the FDNY and witnesses
  • The trailer went up in flames after it collided with a Jersey barrier separating the Westbound Long Island Expressway to the exit of Queens Boulevard

Dramatic footage has captured the moment a tanker truck carrying hundreds of propane cylinders exploded after a crash along a Long Island expressway. 

Crews from New York Fire Department (FDNY) rushed to the scene of the blast at 97-05 Horace Harding Expressway in Queens just before midnight Monday. 

Multiple explosions were heard and fireballs shot into the air from the overturned trailer which was carrying around 300 20-pound propane cylinders at the time.  

One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast.

Their identity and whereabouts when the explosion took place is not clear but a spokesperson for FDNY said the individual refused medical attention.  

Dramatic footage has captured the moment a tanker truck carrying around 300 propane cylinders exploded after an accident along a Long Island expressway

Footage from another angle shows fire engines racing to the scene while fireballs rocket up into the sky

Footage from another angle shows fire engines racing to the scene while fireballs rocket up into the sky

Shocking footage was posted to social media by both the FDNY and witnesses.

In one video, the tanker truck is seen completely engulfed in flames and multiple blasts are heard erupting just seconds apart. 

Footage from another angle shows fire engines racing to the scene while fireballs rocket up into the sky.  

The trailer went up in flames after it collided with a Jersey barrier separating the Westbound Long Island Expressway to the exit of Queens Boulevard just before midnight. 

The driver had lost control of the vehicle when it went over a patch of black ice left over from Storm Gail that battered the East Coast last week, according to CBS Local.  

FDNY crews from New York Fire Department (FDNY) rushed to the scene of the blast at 97-05 Horace Harding Expressway in Queens just before midnight Monday

FDNY crews from New York Fire Department (FDNY) rushed to the scene of the blast at 97-05 Horace Harding Expressway in Queens just before midnight Monday

Crews arrived on scene and found heavy fire and exploding cylinders flying in the air

Crews arrived on scene and found heavy fire and exploding cylinders flying in the air

The truck overturned and several of the propane tanks it was carrying fell out and burst into flames.  

Sources told the New York Post the driver managed to escape the fiery inferno unscathed and get to safety. 

The FDNY said 25 units and 106 firefighters responded to the scene of the blast at 11.56pm.  

They were met with heavy fire and smoke and exploding cylinders flying in the air.  

The FDNY shared this dramatic footage of the incident on social media

The FDNY shared this dramatic footage of the incident on social media

Multiple explosions were heard and fireballs shot into the air from the overturned trailer which was carrying around 300 20-pound propane cylinders at the time

Multiple explosions were heard and fireballs shot into the air from the overturned trailer which was carrying around 300 20-pound propane cylinders at the time

One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast

Their identity and whereabouts when the explosion took place is not clear

One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the blast. Their identity and whereabouts when the explosion took place is not clear

Crews battled to extinguish the fire in the trailer as well as flames that had spread to several surrounding vehicles. 

The freeway west of Woodhaven Boulevard was closed in both directions to traffic while crews brought the blaze under control. 

The FDNY said the blast was under control by 1.30am Tuesday.  

All lanes along the expressway had reopened to traffic by around 4.30am but the exit ramp remained closed and travelers were warned to expect delays.   

The fire department said most of the propane cylinders were burnt out and Haz-Mat units burned off seven damaged cylinders. 

Photos shared by the FDNY of the aftermath show the burned-out shell of the overturned tanker lying in the road and the propane cylinders.  

The fire department said most of the propane cylinders were burnt out and Haz-Mat units burned off seven damaged cylinders. Pictured the burned out truck in the aftermath

The fire department said most of the propane cylinders were burnt out and Haz-Mat units burned off seven damaged cylinders. Pictured the burned out truck in the aftermath

Photos shared by the FDNY of the aftermath show the burned-out shell of the overturned tanker lying in the road and the propane cylinders (above)

Photos shared by the FDNY of the aftermath show the burned-out shell of the overturned tanker lying in the road and the propane cylinders (above)

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