QUEENS (PIX11) – A 50-year-old man was killed when an SUV caught fire after a piece of metal pierced the vehicle’s gas tank along the Grand Central parkway in Queens, officials confirmed.
Dale Tullouch died after he was unable to get out of the backseat before the vehicle erupted in flames about 1:40 p.m. The driver, a 26-year-old man, and one other passenger, a 25-year-old woman, escaped with minor injuries.
The 2010 Toyota Highlander was traveling east near Exit 4 to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Astoria when it ran over a piece of metal, which pierced the gas tank and ignited the fire, police said.
Marc Tousignant told PIX11 he was watching from a pedestrian bridge above the road as the Toyota burst into flames and continued rolling, leaving a fiery trail behind it.
“I saw a huge line of fire, about 100 meters,” Tousignant said. “… It was pretty crazy.”
An investigation into the fire is ongoing.