2014-06-04 / Features

One Man Killed, Two Injured In Fiery Crash

By Liz Goff
Queens investigators are probing the cause of a deadly vehicle fire on the Grand Central Parkway that took the life of 50-year-old Yonkers man and left two others with minor injuries on May 27.

Police said the 2010 Toyota Highlander was traveling eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway, near an exit for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, at about 1{40 p.m. on May 27 when the 25-year-old driver suddenly noticed smoke and flames billowing from the vehicle.

The driver pulled the SUV to the side of the road where he and the surviving passenger managed to escape, moments before the car was engulfed in flames, law enforcement sources said.

Passenger Dale Tulloch, 50, who was riding in the rear of the SUV, was unable to make it out of the burning car and was killed in the explosion, fire officials said. Dale was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and passenger were taken to New York Hospital of Queens, where they were treated for minor injuries and released, a fire spokesperson said.

Eyewitnesses told investigators they believe a piece of metal on the roadway pierced the undercarriage of the SUV, sending sparks that ignited the gas tank, causing the vehicle to explode, law enforcement sources said.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the accident.

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