2 men die in blast as cars collide

August 24, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

Two men, including a double-amputee, burned to death yesterday when a Cadillac exploded after its gas tank ruptured in a collision with another car, Baltimore police said.

Killed were John Anthony Vogel, 70, of the 4100 block of Balfern Ave., and a front-seat passenger in his car, Albert Delorenzo, 83, of the 3100 block of Acton Road, police said. The two men were friends, and Mr. Vogel picked up Mr. Delorenzo, a double amputee below the knees, to give him rides, police said.

The collision occurred about 2:55 p.m. at White and Walther avenues in Northeast Baltimore.

Police said a 1989 Toyota Camry driven by Nikolaos Psironis, 59, of the 400 block of Gusryan St., was headed west on White Avenue when it collided in the intersection with the 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood that Mr. Vogel was driving north on Walther.

The impact sent the Cadillac spinning clockwise, causing its rear to scrape against the Walther Avenue median, rupturing the gas tank, police said. The tank exploded and the car was engulfed in flames.

The explosion brought several nearby residents running to the scene, including one with a garden hose and another with a fire extinguisher who tried in vain to put out the fire, police said.

Police said Mr. Vogel's body was found lying a few feet away from the car. It was not known whether he had been thrown from the car or managed to escape from the vehicle. Mr. Delorenzo died in the front passenger seat.

Mr. Psironis, the driver of the Camry, complained of neck, back and chest pains and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital.

The intersection of White and Walther avenues has a traffic signal, and one of the cars apparently went through a red light into the intersection, police said.

Anyone who saw the collision is asked to call police at 396-2606.

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