Two-Year-Old Killed in Pickup Truck Explosion Fire in San Antonio

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 18-Nov-2013

A young boy was killed in a vehicle fire when his grandfather’s pickup truck erupted in flames on Saturday morning, police reported.

According to reports, the young boy was sitting in the passenger seat of the truck when his grandfather pulled the vehicle to the side of the road to open the hood. After he pulled the vehicle over to check under the hood, the 51-year-old grandfather told police the truck exploded and caught fire.

Bystanders attempted to help the man after hearing him calling for help, officials said. The vehicle was engulfed in flames before the man or witnesses could help the boy escape.

The grandfather was transported to University Hospital with burns resulting for the vehicle fire.

The pickup truck was identified as a 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck.

The names of the 2-year-old boy and his grandfather have not yet been released and police are still investigating what may have caused the vehicle electrical fire and the explosion that sparked the fire.

Many vehicle fires begin in the dashboard region of the car, spreading quickly and igniting the fuel tanks of a car, truck or SUV. The placement of the fuel tank in many vehicles is tied to problems with fires spreading or igniting quickly. In addition to the placement of fuel tanks, the design of the tank and defects in the electrical system in a vehicle can put occupants at risk during accidents and auto electrical malfunctions. Some of the most common caused of vehicle fire, sometimes linked to auto defects, include:

  • Punctured fuel tanks (sometimes linked to fuel tank placement)
  • Electrical malfunctions
  • Auto materials and defective auto design
  • Defective fuel line materials and safety valves
  • Bolts and objects that threaten to puncture fuel tanks should a collision or accident occur

In addition to defects in a vehicle that can cause fires or fail to protect occupants, some accidents where a victim has survived the collision only to pass away or experience injuries from a fire caused by a subsequent malfunction or fire can sometime indicate a defect in the vehicle.

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