A Toyota SUV burst into flames Monday morning after striking a five-gallon gas can that had fallen into the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway near County Road 111 in Manorville.
The gas can fell off the back of a landscaping truck that was traveling in front of the victim’s vehicle, according to John Dalen, the public information officer for the Eastport Fire Department, which responded to the scene. The call came in to the fire department at 6:27 a.m. Monday, he said.
After the male driver of the 2008 Toyota—his name was not immediately available—hit the gas can, he immediately pulled over to the shoulder and exited the vehicle safely, Mr. Dalen said. The victim’s SUV then went up in flames.
State Police responded to the call and closed both eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway for about an hour while firefighters put out the flames. The investigation has since been taken over by the Suffolk County Police Department.
Mr. Dalen said it was unlikely that charges would be filed as the driver could not provide police with a description of the landscaping truck that lost the gas can.
A spokesperson for Suffolk County Police said that, as of earlier this week, no charges had been filed related to the incident.
Eastport Assistant Chief Tortorice, who also volunteers with the East Moriches Community Ambulance, checked on the driver and determined that he was uninjured.