Bakery-supply truck bursts into flames on BQE

Bakery-supply truck bursts into flames on BQE
Photo by Kevin Duggan

Firefighters rushed to put out a blaze on the Brookyln–Queens Expressway on Monday, when a truck burst into flames on the highway near the Columbia Street Waterfront District.

Dozens of New York’s Bravest at 11:13 am descended on the Queens-bound side of the expressway, after the vehicle belonging to a bakery-supply company set on fire between Rapelye Street and Atlantic Avenue, according to a Fire Department spokesman.

The responders battled the wheeled inferno after the truck’s driver pulled the smoldering vehicle onto the side of the highway near Adams Street, where black smoke billowed from the wreckage, and the stench of burnt gasoline filled the air.

The trucker managed to pull the vehicle over and escape it with his passenger before the flames injured either of them, according to another employee at Queens-based Sparta Bakery Supplies.

The Fire Department spokesman confirmed the blaze injured no one, including the driver and passenger.

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