CARLE PLACE, Long Island, N.Y. — According to LongIsland.com, Nassau County police and fire responded to a fiery crash in Carle Place according to detectives from the Homicide Squad assigned to the Nassau County Police Department. The dramatic crash happened on Monday, November 12, 2018, around 9:40 p.m. There were reports of injuries, all of which were non-life threatening. The police continue to investigate the cause of the accident.
A 44-year-old woman and her 15-year-old son are lucky to be alive after their Dodge Ram pickup truck caught fire after a Dodge Caravan collided with it. Investigators said that the mother and son were traveling southerly in their Dodge Ram pickup truck when a Dodge Caravan operated by a male whose age police did not disclose slammed into them while driving westerly.
Upon contact, the pickup truck caught fire. The mother and son were freed from the debris and transported to the local hospital for treatment of their injuries. Additionally, the driver of the Caravan also required medical attention. Medics transported him to a local hospital as well for injuries to his leg and for lacerations from broken glass.
Homicide detectives did not say if criminal charges might issue, nor did they indicate if either driver would receive a citation for a civil motor vehicle infraction. The police will continue to investigate the cause of the crash.
A study instituted by the National Fire Protection Association within the last decade reveals that vehicle fires caused by an accident are rare events. The results of the study show that 202,820 passenger vehicle fires were reported. However, only three percent of those fires occurred due to a car accident.
Cars rarely, if ever, explode in the manner depicted in movies or television shows any longer. The Ford Pinto manufactured in the late 70’s, and early 80’s had a propensity for exploding when rear-ended because of the placement of the gas tank. Today’s cars are much safer, but that does not ensure that a fuel leak or electrical spark will not start a fire.
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