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Two explosions, then flames destroy truck on Pa. Turnpike

By Ed Courrier

Special to The Press

Cetronia and Woodlawn volunteer firefighters responded to a dump truck fire in the southbound lane of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike April 14 near the 4900 block of Hamilton Boulevard, Wescosville.

The front of the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at 10:45 a.m.

The female driver, whose name was not released, managed to pull over to the shoulder before exiting the cab at mile marker 55.2.

Multiple witnesses reported hearing two explosions from the direction of I-476.

“I then came out to see if anybody needed any assistance,” said Nurse Christina Williams from nearby Shuler Street.

She was reassured by other bystanders the driver, dressed in a pink T-shirt, had exited the vehicle unharmed.

The open-box bed of the truck was empty.

Cetronia Fire Department engine 312 and Woodlawn tanker pumper 3221 crews quickly extinguished the flames while one lane of Turnpike traffic kept slowly moving behind them.

PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIER The driver of this burning dump truck pulled over to the side of the North- east Extension of the Pa. Turnpike near Wescosville as the vehicle caught fire.
Wescosville residents watch from their backyards as white smoke billows from the front of the disabled truck.
Firefighters extinguish an engine blaze that spread to the cab of this dump truck at mile marker 55.2 of the North East Extension.