The tragic incident resulted in the death of the driver, who has been identified as Mario Magalhos da Penha, 67 years old, who were taken to Salgado Filho Municipal Hospital in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Maire, where he underwent emergency surgery due to injuries. Even after millions of attempts, he did not survive and died.
The woman standing in front of the car was shocked by the explosion. His companions helped him, and then took him to the Souza Aguirre Municipal Hospital in the center of Rio de Janeiro, where doctors indicated that his health was stable.
The explosion destroyed the entire car, as well as part of the gas station’s roof and a bit of the fuel pump cover, but did not damage it., Earlier tests indicated that a gas cylinder in the vehicle was in poor condition, notably rusted, and that the explosion was caused by a gas leak.
It was necessary to suspend the gas supply at the station and close one of the two lanes of the surrounding road so that the cleaning crew could do their work. After an hour and a half, circulation was reopened. Later, government inspectors from the gas supply company as well as the State Environment Institute (INEA) arrived at the scene to conduct the first investigation into the incident.
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Compressed natural gas or by its abbreviation CNG, is natural gas that serves as an alternative to liquid fuels such as gasoline or diesel, is more economical and friendly to the environment. Its cost is less than petrol and diesel.
90% of compressed natural gas is methane gas, with the rest having a minimal proportion of nitrogen and hydrocarbons, which is why it is less polluting than diesel or naphtha and does not require prolonged refining treatment like these fuels.