Updated: Man killed in Grand Central car fire caused by metal on roadway: FDNY

By Bill Parry

A 50-year-old Westchester man died and two people were injured in a car explosion on the Grand Central Parkway near the RFK Bridge Tuesday afternoon, the FDNY said.

The Fire Department was called to the scene just after 1:40 p.m. where they discovered a 2010 Toyota Highlander that ran over a strip of metal near Exit 4 of the Bronx-Queens Expressway, according to the NYPD. The metal struck the gas tank, causing the explosion.

After the fire was extinguished, Dale Tulloch of Yonkers was discovered in the backseat of the Highlander. Police said the two survivors were unable to help Tulloch before he died.

The 26-year old male driver had a superficial burn and a 25-year-old woman passenger had difficulty breathing because of an anxiety attack, police said. Both were taken to New York Hospital Queens and were in stable condition.

Smoke could be seen blocks away, billowing above the Grand Central Parkway and the streets of Astoria.