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Old 06-21-2018, 12:36 PM
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Default Nearly 4 Yrs After Food Truck Explosion Killed Mom and Daughter, U-Haul & Hispanic Employee Charged

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Nearly 4 Years After Food Truck Explosion Killed Mom and Daughter, U-Haul and Employee Charged With Violations
The U-Haul Company of Pennsylvania and Miguel Rivera, a general manager of U-Haul's Hunting Park location, were charged Tuesday with violating hazardous materials regulations in connection to the deadly blast.
By David Chang and Vince Lattanzio
Published at 10:40 PM EDT on Jun 19, 2018

Nearly four years after a Philadelphia food truck explosion killed a woman and her daughter , a Pennsylvania U-Haul company and an employee face charges.

The U-Haul Company of Pennsylvania and Miguel Rivera, a general manager of U-Haul's Hunting Park location, were charged Tuesday with violating hazardous materials regulations in connection to the deadly blast.

The six-count indictment accuses Rivera and the U-Haul company of violating the United States Department of Transportation regulations on classifying, handling and packaging hazardous materials.

Rivera filled two propane cylinders back on June 29, 2014, according to the indictment. On July 1, 2015, one of those cylinders ignited and exploded in the back of the La Parrillada Chapina food truck as it sat parked along Wyoming Avenue in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.

The explosion engulfed the entire street in a fireball and sent shrapnel flying some 95 feet.

The blast injured Olga Galdernez, 42, and her daughter, Jaylin Landaverry, 17. Both victims died from their injuries weeks later. Nine other people were also hurt.

Rivera faces 15 years in prison while the U-Haul Company of Pennsylvania faces a maximum sentence of five years of probation if convicted.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of the family in June of 2015 said the tanks were aging and damaged and should never have been refilled by staff at U-Haul.

U-Haul's parent company, Americo, both stores' general managers and food truck kitchen designer ERI Vending Cart were named in the suit as well.

"This was a bad tank that should not have been filled," attorney (((Alan Feldman))) told NBC10. "There are specific federal regulations that companies like U-Haul have to observe."

The tanks, which were owned by Galdernez, held 100-pounds of propane each. She had them regularly refilled by friends at two U-Haul locations along W. Allegheny Avenue and W. Hunting Park Avenue, according to the suit. Feldman said she, like many others, would not know how to spot a bad propane tank.

U-Haul staff are required to inspect the tanks, make sure they're in good condition and ensure the valve design is current. Those checks were not done, the suit alleges.

"This was by all accounts an old tank," Feldman said. "This was not a leak, this was a rupture of the entire tank."

In the explosion's wake, Philadelphia City Council began pushing to change state law to allow local inspections of food truck propane tanks.


Olga Galdemez, 42, and her 17-year-old daughter, Jaylin Landaverry, pictured two years ago at the girl's quinceanera.
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U-Haul Pleads Guilty After Deadly Food Truck Explosion
Published Jan 30, 2019 at 3:42 PM

A U-Haul subsidiary and the former general manager of one of its Philadelphia stores have pleaded guilty after a food truck explosion that killed a woman and her teenage daughter.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the U-Haul Company of Pennsylvania and Miguel Rivera entered their pleas Tuesday to violating federal hazardous materials regulations.

Prosecutors say they used untrained workers to fill propane tanks at the Philadelphia facility in June and July 2014.

Investigators have said food truck owner Olga Galdamez took her propane tanks to U-Haul where they were filled despite being old and damaged. Galdamez and her daughter, Jaylin, died from burn-related injuries after the July 2014 blast.

Rivera's attorney says his client's plea has "no connection" to the explosion.

U-Haul previously paid a $160 million settlement in the case.
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