An alert and quick-thinking fast-food worker may have saved not only her own life but those of numerous others who just happened to be in line at a Burger King drive-through.
The dramatic event unfolded when a truck carrying a 100-gallon propane tank sprung a leak as it was driving up to a window at an Arkansas Burger King.
Lucky for him that an eagle-eyed employee noticed liquid dripping from the bed of the truck and brought it to the driver's attention.
Only moments after exiting his vehicle to inspect the damage, the driver faced a disaster of monumental proportions.
“When a truck carrying a 100-pound propane tank pulled into the drive-thru of the Burger King in Beebe, Ark., one of the employees noticed that it was leaking gas.
"She notified the driver, who got out of his vehicle to check on the tank’s release valve. That’s when the truck burst into flames.”
A nearby dash cam captured the dramatic incident, including the horrific explosion.
The driver identified as Ron Daniel was injured in the explosion, and was hospitalized with burns over most of his body. Sources are reporting that he was released later that night with his burns reportedly classified as first-degree.
“The Beebe Police Department released footage of the incident on their Facebook page, along with the following statement saying: 'This afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. Beebe Police Officers and Firemen responded to a pickup on fire in the drive-through lane of the Burger King Restaurant located at 2326 Center Street in Beebe.'"
The restaurant sustained significant damage to both the outside and the inside of the establishment, but it’s a miracle that the injuries were limited to the man in the truck.
Grateful for escaping with only minor injuries, Daniel said the thing that bothered him the most was the amount of damage that was done to the restaurant.
“In an interview with a local news outlet, he stated that he had just picked up the propane tank and was stopping by the restaurant to grab a few Whoppers. He also said that his truck was a ‘total loss’ and that he felt bad for causing damage to the Burger King.”