A New Jersey teen was driving house earlier than 3 a.m. Wednesday when she struck a deer on the freeway. The subsequent factor she knew, a fuel tanker had hit her automobile and exploded.
Thankfully for 18-year-old Marissa Patterson, she had jumped out of her 2017 Honda Civic after it spun uncontrolled on eastbound Highway 37. Whereas she was on the aspect of the roading, trying to contact police, the truck full of 8,700 gallons of gasoline hit her automobile. Patterson stated the affect despatched her Honda into the freeway’s concrete barrier and overturned the truck, inflicting an enormous explosion that gave the impression of “somebody just dropped a bomb.”
Manchester Township police say the truck and Patterson’s automobile instantly burst into flames and set hearth to each lanes of the freeway.
“It just ignited. It hit, and it blew up and it was just so loud,” Patterson advised Information 4 in an interview.
When first responders arrived on the scene, Patterson was determined to seek out out if the truck driver was OK. “I was like ‘I’m fine. Get off me. Go help the guy in the semi-truck. I don’t know if he’s OK,'” she recalled.
The trailer portion had separated from the tanker when had 46-year-old Svilen Ivanov of Voorhees crashed into Patterson’s automobile, police stated, and Ivanov wasn’t injured however he was transported to the hospital as a precaution. Whereas neither driver was damage within the accident, the explosion broken surrounding companies and close by wooded areas.
First responders applauded Patterson for her fast pondering as a result of the end result may have turned out tragic.
“[They] said, ‘Thank God you’re a smart girl and you got out of your car because you would have been dead.’ And I’m like ‘yeah, I know,'” Patterson stated.