Crimson flames soared into the sky from a propane-gas truck on the morning of this Christmas Eve, transforming Route 7 just north of the railroad bridge leading into Wilton Center into a scene befitting a major action movie. Thanks to a constellation of fortunate circumstances including a missed turn, favorable weather conditions, a skilled propane truck driver, and our town’s quick and highly effective emergency responders, this very scary incident was quickly brought under control. It could easily have been much worse.
The enflamed propane truck had a full tank. Its first delivery was to be to a store right next to the gasoline station located immediately south of the railroad bridge. However, as he traveled northbound on Route 7, the truck’s driver realized that he had gone past the store and so turned left at the next light, onto the road leading down to Wilton Commons and Trackside. After turning around, he was getting ready to enter Route 7 southbound when he noticed smoke coming from his engine and underneath his vehicle. He stopped the propane truck by the light and chocked his rear wheels even as flames were beginning to shoot out from the engine compartment — so that if his truck’s braking system failed, the truck would not roll back downhill into Wilton Commons or Trackside.