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Police officer’s car explodes while responding to call in New York

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A New York police officer had a close call after an oxygen tank in his car’s trunk exploded.

Newburgh Police officer Taso Karabelas was on patrol earlier this morning when he stopped at an intersection after noticing smoke coming from the trunk of his car.

As the officer opened the door of his vehicle to inform headquarters of the source of the smoke, the trunk exploded, nearly killing the officer.

Officials report that the officer was initially trapped in the vehicle, which had burst into flames.

“He had some trouble getting out because the side airbags had come out and he couldn’t find the door handle … but he managed to get out and start crawling away,” said Newburgh Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadi.

Karabelas’ saving grace came in the form of the Plexiglas and steel divider in his cruiser, which caught most of the shrapnel and heat. State Police and FBI determine that a trunk fire caused the O2 tank to explode and that foul play is not suspected.

News12 reported that Karabelas suffered only minor cuts and tinnitus from the incident and is expected to be released from the hospital today following X-rays and an examination.

 

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