Michelle Dietterick, 53, of Port St. Lucie was severely injured Saturday morning when her food truck exploded at the Vero Beach Seafood Festival. No one else was injured.
Here’s what we know Monday about what happened, according to Vero Beach police and rescue workers:
When did the food truck explode at the Vero Beach seafood festival?
The explosion happened just before 9 a.m., an hour before the second day of the three-day Vero Beach Seafood Festival opened in Riverside Park south of the Barber bridge on Orchid Island.
Which food truck exploded?
The food truck that exploded Saturday at the Vero Beach Seafood Festival was Michelle’s Catch of the Day.
What cause the food truck to explode?
Prior to the explosion, some witnesses told Vero Beach police there was a strong smell of propane coming from Michelle’s Catch Of The Day, a food truck vendor at the festival.
Was anyone else hurt when the food truck exploded at the Vero Beach Seafood Festival?
Michelle Dietterick was inside the truck when it happened, setting up and getting ready for the day. She received severe burns to her arms and legs. Dietterick’s husband was outside the truck when the explosion occurred and he was not hurt.
Indian River County Fire Rescue and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of the explosion. Police said Sunday the explosion appears to be an accident.
Saturday: Food truck vendor burned in explosion at Vero Beach festival
Sunday: Woman burned in food truck explosion hospitalized
A rescue helicopter crew flew the woman to the burn center at Orlando Regional Medical Center. She remans hospitalized.
The festival reopened Sunday and ended at 5 p.m.