ROCKVILLE CENTRE, LONG ISLAND, NY – A crash involving a tanker truck on Long Island early Wednesday morning ignited a massive fire, according to WABC.
The accident happened in the area of Sunrise Highway and North Centre Avenue in Rockville Centre, where the driver of the gasoline tanker lost control of the vehicle at about 1:10 a.m. The tanker, transporting about 9,200 gallons of gasoline, slammed into a former La-Z-Boy furniture gallery that is now a vacant building.
The overturned tanker and the vacant store were engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived. The truck’s driver managed to escape and was taken to Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside with minor injuries. Three firefighters also suffered minor injuries.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, and have questioned the driver about what happened.
Gasoline spilled into the local sewer system, and the spill is being monitored by the New York State Department of Conservation. About 500 homes, two schools and a number of businesses were left without power following the incident.
Sunrise Highway was shut down from North Centre Avenue to North Park Avenue as firefighters worked at the scene.
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