Po­lice car ex­plodes; officer not badly hurt

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

An small oxy­gen tank in a med­i­cal kit in the ve­hi­cle’s trunk might be to blame for the blast.

A town po­lice officer es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury when his pa­trol car caught fire and ex­ploded, the po­lice chief said Tues­day.

Officer Taso Kara­belas was on pa­trol in the area of Union Av­enue and Gard­ner-town Road around 6 a.m. when he smelled smoke and no­ti­fied the po­lice sta­tion, Chief Bruce Camp­bell said. As Kara­belas got out of the car, a Ford Tau­rus, it ex­ploded and went up in flames, Camp­bell said.

The chief said there was a small oxy­gen talk in a med­i­cal kit in the trunk but that he didn’t know if it was to blame for the blast. He said foul play is not sus­pected but the case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated nonethe­less by the state po­lice and the fed­eral Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives.

Kara­belas was checked out at a hos­pi­tal and re­leased, Camp­bell said.

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