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Man killed in freak car fire on Grand Central Parkway

Posted at 4:32 PM, May 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-28 08:02:28-04

QUEENS (PIX11) – A 50-year-old man was killed when an SUV caught fire after a piece of metal pierced the vehicle’s gas tank along the Grand Central parkway in Queens, officials confirmed.

Dale Tullouch died after he was unable to get out of the backseat before the vehicle erupted in flames about 1:40 p.m.  The driver, a 26-year-old man, and one other passenger, a 25-year-old woman, escaped with minor injuries.

Car destroyed 2

The Toyota SUV was gutted by flames after catching fire on the Grand Central Parkway Tuesday.

The 2010 Toyota Highlander was traveling east near Exit 4 to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Astoria when it ran over a piece of metal, which pierced the gas tank and ignited the fire, police said.

Marc Tousignant told PIX11 he was watching from a pedestrian bridge above the road as the Toyota burst into flames and continued rolling, leaving a fiery trail behind it.

“I saw a huge line of fire, about 100 meters,” Tousignant said.  “… It was pretty crazy.”

An investigation into the fire is ongoing.

Burned car

After the SUV caught fire it kept rolling, leaving a path of flames, according to a witness.