FORD EXPLORER FUEL FED FIRE AFTER ROLLOVER ACCIDENT
FORD EXPLORER FUEL FED FIRE
On May 31, 2003 a 2001 Ford Explorer driven by a Kansas man rolls over
and catches fire trapping him inside. The vehicle apparently left the
roadway and hit a culvert and went airborne and then rolled to a stop.
According to the recall of a witness the Ford Explorer caught fire after
the rollover and burst into flames engulfing the driver. In fact the
witness recalled that after the Explorer had stopped rolling, they passed
the vehicle and circled back only then noticing that it had caught fire.
Rescue attempts were unsuccessful due to the blowing wind fanning the
flames. The extensive fire damage to the Explorer, hampered the investigation
as to the cause of the fire for the local police.
POST COLLISION / CRASH FIRES
Fuel fed fire to a vehicle after an auto accidents and rollovers are
usually as a result of an electronic fuel pump that keeps pumping after
the engine is off. Most vehicles have shut off switches, but this is
a recent development. A frequent source of the fuel fed fire is from
the gas line itself. Most vehicles still use rubber lines with only minimal
braiding, but metal gas lines underneath the vehicle. The manner in which
these lines are routed is also a source for disruption. Of course the
fuel tank itself it also subject to puncture or bursting in a major rear-end
impact, but this scenario is not the usual case in a rollover.