Burger Truck Explodes After Collision

By Geoffrey Decker
|  Monday, Apr 11, 2011  |  Updated 8:29 PM EDT
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Burger Truck Explodes After Collision

The Frites 'N' Meats exploded when a propane tank caught fire following a collision.

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A food truck that serves burgers and fries exploded in a collision on the West Side Highway Monday, injuring its two owners.

Mohamed and Hiassam Beydoun, who own Frites 'N' Meats, were being treated for injuries that were described as serious but not life-threatening.

The explosion occurred when a propane tank used for cooking caught fire after the truck collided with another vehicle, FDNY said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but soon discovered two additional propane tanks on the truck. They retreated until haz-mat officials could assess the situation.

By 5 p.m., haz-mat had cleared the remaining tanks from the scene, but the charred food truck was still on the West Side Highway.

Police closed off the southbound lane between North Moore Street and Barclay Street, and rush hour traffic was backed up for blocks.

Ali Beydoun, a third brother who owned Frites 'N' Meats, wasn't in the truck at the time. Calls to the phone number listed on the company's web site were not answered.

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