Cleanup begins after fatal tanker truck fire on Bruckner Expressway
Crews began cleaning up the Bruckner Expressway after a tanker truck burst into flames Tuesday on Bruckner Boulevard and Hunts Point Avenue, killing the driver.
Police believe the truck overturned and struck a retaining wall as it headed east on Bruckner Boulevard. They say the impact caused the truck's tank to rupture and ignite the fuel it was carrying. Authorities say the fire, spread by leaking fuel, damaged a dozen vehicles and stopped traffic in both directions. The blaze was eventually brought under control by more than 100 firefighters two hours after the crash.
Police identified the driver as Harbey Munez, of Queens. Southbound traffic on the Bruckner Expressway is re-routed in some areas where the accident occurred. Most regional Amtrak service resumed Wednesday morning.
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