He was flown to Bayview Burn Center.
Hagerstown, Md (KM) One person was medevaced to Bayview Burn Center following a fuel tank explosion in Hagerstown on Thursday morning. .
The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office says a 45-year-old man was attempting to weld a 100-gallon portable fuel tank to the rear of flatbed truck at Advantage Landscaping and Construction at 12938 Salem Avenue when the vapors inside the tank exploded. The victim was engulfed in flames. A 32-year-old man who in the rear of the truck was thrown to the ground.
Fellow employees used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire on the victim who was burned. . Fire and rescue personnel from the Maugansville–Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company and paramedics from the Community Rescue Squad responded to the scene and treated both men.
The man who was flown by State Police Helicopter to Bayview Burn Center sustained burns and traumatic injuries. He is listed in critical condition. The other man was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment.
The Fire Marshal’s Office says 20-gallons of diesel fuel was inside the tank when it exploded.
The incident is under investigation.
By Kevin McManus