Two hurt after car explodes on Jersey City street

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-02 18:25:04-04
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JERSEY CITY (PIX11) – Two people were injured after the trunk of a car exploded in Jersey City, sending debris flying onto the sidewalk and street.  The accident happened near the intersection of New York Ave. and Congress St. around 2:30 p.m.

The driver of the silver Toyota was doing refrigeration repair at the time, according to the Jersey City Fire Dept., and was loading tanks into the vehicle.  It is unclear what caused the explosion.

The force of the explosion shattered the car’s windows and blew out the rear end of the vehicle, leaving the trunk a gaping hole.  The force of the blast was described by neighbors as a loud ‘boom’ that rattled windows.

The refrigeration worker and a passing pedestrian were injured by shrapnel and taken to Jersey City Medical Center.  The driver, a 40-year-old man, is in guarded condition in the trauma center, according to JCMC spokesman Mark Rabson.  The pedestrian, a 52-year-old man, suffered minor injuries to his left elbow and face.

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