A pickup truck carrying a propane tank exploded at Speedy’s Barbecue on Winston Road in Lexington on Monday evening.
According to Waylon Turbeville, Battalion Chief at the Lexington Fire Department, at approximately 6 p.m. crews responded to a report of a car fire at the restaurant.
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He said according to statements from the driver, they were traveling down Winston Road with a 40-pound propane tank in the bed of the truck and it fell over. The driver pulled over at Speedy’s and the passenger got out to secure it and noticed it was leaking.
At that time, a fire started and quickly engulfed the vehicle and escalated until the propane tank exploded. According to Turbeville, both occupants had exited the vehicle but received minor injuries.
The passenger was transported to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for non-life-threatening burns. The driver was treated on scene for minor burns before being driven by a family member to the hospital for further assessment. Both occupants of the vehicle were treated and released from the hospital the same day.
Turberville said there were no other reported injuries, but three nearby vehicles were damaged in the explosion and fire. It took approximately 15 minutes to extinguish the fire.
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Both Speedy’s and a nearby gas station lost power for a few hours as a result of the explosion.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Turberville.
A video of the explosion, captured by Lucas Bivens ,an employee of the restaurant, has gone viral on social media with over 40,000 views.
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