Harbor Drive Re-Opens After Freak Accident

Nobody was injured in the incident

By Eric S. Page
|  Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009  |  Updated 1:10 PM PDT
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Harbor Drive Re-Opens After Freak Accident

The accident scene on Harbor Drive.

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Airport travelers and anybody else on Harbor Drive experienced significant delays on Tuesday after a propane tank blew up inside of a van.

Sometime around 11 a.m., a propane tank inside a  Western Yacht van exploded. The van then ended up colliding head-on with a truck headed eastbound on Harbor Drive near Lindbergh Field.

Officials closed Harbor Drive in both directions soon afterward while they determined if there was any additional danger. Authorities believed there were more tanks in the van.

San Diego police said at about 12:15 p.m. that they had re-opened Harbor Drive in both directions after checking out the van and determining there was no additional threat.

Amazingly, no one was hurt in the collision. Officials said the van driver was unhurt by the blast but jumped out after the explosion, fearing for his safety. He apparently left his vehicle in drive, however, which is how it came to end up on the other side of Harbor Drive. The pickup truck driver saw the slow-moving vehicle but was unable to avoid the collision.

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