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.