Explosion Inside a Truck in Lynchburg Sends Two to Hospital

More cell phone video from an ABC 13 viewer captured the fire soon after it started.

UPDATE: 6:28 p.m.

Lynchburg, VA - Two men are in the hospital being treated for severe burns after a truck they were traveling in caught fire Wednesday.

The truck caught fire at the Marathon gas station off of Lakeside Drive Wednesday afternoon around 1:45 p.m.

Witnesses say the truck, carrying insulation products, pulled into the gas station parking lot. The men inside the truck got out and opened the rear hatch. Shortly after that, an explosion rocketed them away from the truck.

A second explosion ultimately consumed the truck in fire.

Witnesses say one of the men was on fire and had to roll around the parking lot to extinguish himself.

Linwood Irving says he witnessed both explosions.

"One of them came in the store went in the bathroom and I don't think he realized that he was burnt that bad but he put some cold water on it and it just rolled all the skin off and then he started hollering," said Irving.

Thanks to quick thinking by Marathon employees, the valves to the nearby gas tanks were turned off, preventing the fire from getting any worse.


Lynchburg, VA - The Lynchburg Fire Department is on the scene of a vehicle fire near the Quick-E Food Store on the 2200 Block of Lakeside Drive.

Lynchburg Battalion Chief Ricky Bomar says two occupants that were in the truck at the time were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital. Their injuries were not available as of this writing.

Witnesses on the scene tell ABC 13 that the truck exploded and the people inside were on fire.

The call came into Lyncomm at 1:46 p.m.

We are working the story and will have further updates on ABC 13. We'll have a complete update tonight on ABC 13 News.