Mom And Daughter Die Following Food Truck Explosion


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a mother and daughter have died of injuries they suffered when a food truck exploded in Philadelphia earlier this month.

The city medical examiner’s office confirmed Thursday that 17-year-old Jaylin Steffany Landaverry Galdanez died Tuesday and 42-year-old Olga Galdanez died Sunday. The mother owned the truck.

Spokesman Jeff Moran says both deaths were due to the aftereffects of burns from the July 1 explosion of the La Parrillada Chapina truck in the Feltonville neighborhood of north Philadelphia.

Eleven other people were taken to hospitals, three in critical condition, after the explosion, which investigators said they believed was caused by a propane tank leak ignited by cooking grills.

Friends of Jaylin Galdanez and her classmates at Little Flower High School gathered Wednesday night for a prayer service and candlelight vigil at the scene.

(Copyright 2014, The Associated Press, All rights reserved.)

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