LEXINGTON, North Carolina (WGHP) – A car explosion in Lexington has been seen more than 40,000 times on the internet.
It happened outside of Speedy’s Barbeque in Lexington on Monday night. This explosion sent two people to hospital with second and third degree burns.
As the two recover, the people who pulled out their phones while it was all going on explained what they saw and felt.
“I’ve never been hit with anything at a hard one before,” said Joel “Jay” Johnson, the director of Speedy’s. “I almost make the connection with the fall of a building on the third or fourth floor. “
Johnson is the one seen in the left corner of the viral video dressed in red. He was on the phone with 911.
“He said they just got a call about a fire. And as soon as he said that, this insanely intense explosion happened, and we all turned and ran, ”Johnson explained.
The vehicle owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, told FOX8 that he had a propane tank in the bed of his truck and pulled over once he noticed the plug came off and that he was fleeing.
Moments after he and his cousin who was a passenger got out of the truck, it caught fire.
“The whole restaurant shook,” said Lucas Bivens, an employee of Speedy’s.
“We ended up losing… electricity in most of our building. The store next door has all its power. Melt the power lines above. They had to replace him, ”Johnson explained.
Although the truck is a total loss, evidence of the crash remains outside Speedy’s barbecue.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen something like this,” Bivens said.
“They just cracked and burst and spat, and sparks shot out of them the whole time,” Johnson explained.
The family members of the two hospitalized people are just thankful that this did not end badly.
“I’m glad he’s okay. I had just spoken to him and I had just seen him. I passed him on my way to work, ”said Noah, the driver’s son. “It really opened my eyes to appreciate that as it easily could’ve been the last time I got to speak to him. “
Family members told FOX8 the two victims have returned home.
The Lexington Fire Chief said it took 15 minutes to put out the blaze and three vehicles were damaged due to their proximity to that truck.
Firefighters said no foul play was planned.
The investigation is ongoing.
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