Gasoline truck explodes in British Virgin Islands: cars, buildings damaged

A gasoline truck exploded while delivering fuel to a marina in the British Virgin Islands Monday, injuring the driver and damaging six vehicles and three buildings, officials said.

The truck was making a delivery to Voyage Charters at Frenchman Cay on the island of Tortola when fuel overflowed from the tank and ran under the truck. Heat from the truck's exhaust then likely ignited the gasoline, officials said.

The fire burned the driver of the truck owned by British Virgin Islands-based Delta Petroleum Caribbean LTD, said firefighter Patrick Victor.

The driver was rushed to Peebles Hospital in Road Town, capital of the British Caribbean territory. Details of his condition were not released.

The fire completely destroyed a warehouse and damaged the roof and walls of a sewage station, he said. It also engulfed two trucks, a taxi, at least one boat and other vehicles, reports the AP.


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