Truck Crashes, Propane Explodes on NYC Highway

NEW YORK (AP) -
Firefighters put out a fire in a vehicle, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A New York City highway was engulfed in flames from exploding propane tanks late Monday after a delivery truck hit a patch of ice, rammed a guardrail and flipped on its side, police said.

The crash, around midnight on the Long Island Expressway in Queens, sparked a blaze that took firefighters about 90 minutes to bring under control, the fire department said. Part of the highway was closed for about four hours.

The 36-year-old driver of the truck sustained minor injuries but refused medical attention, the fire department said.

Police say the truck was heading west toward Manhattan, when it skidded on ice and flipped over, raining propane tanks onto the roadway. One tank hit a mail truck, causing that vehicle to catch fire, police said.

The crash happened in the Corona section of Queens, just west of the Grand Central Parkway and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.