Gas station explosion leaves 1 hospitalized, 1 buried beneath rubble

Man was working underground and never came out after the explosion

Mike Dougherty
June 12, 2018 - 5:23 pm

Mike Dougherty | KYW Newsradio


BENSALEM, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A major rescue operation is underway after an explosion at a Bensalem gas station has left one man hospitalized and one still buried in the rubble.

It occurred around 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Liberty gas station and Vigilante Service Center in the 1200 block of Bristol Pike, across from the Woodhaven Mall. 

The blast shook the ground near Bristol Pike and Penn Street.

Public Safety Director Fred Harran said one man was rescued and rushed to the hospital in critical condition with major burns.

The other has been trapped underneath huge sheets of concrete for hours. Harran said the man was working underground and never came out after the explosion.

It's uncertain what exploded or how the accident happened. 

Multiple fire and emergency vehicles as well as dozens of firefighters and rescue personnel were on the scene. 

"You got a lot of overturned concrete that we got to start moving off with cranes and get in there and siphon a lot of gas there's a lot of fumes in there," Harran said. "So it's still a very dangerous situation here. We evacuated some houses to make sure of any possible blast zone."

The scene shut down traffic in both directions on Bristol Pike for hours. Harran said he's unsure how severe the injuries are to the person who was hospitalized. The victims' names have not been released.


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