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Manager gets probation in case stemming from blast probe

May 6, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The former general manager of a Philadelphia U-Haul operation has been sentenced to two years’ probation on charges stemming from an investigation into a food truck explosion that killed a woman and her teenage daughter almost five years ago.

Thirty-one-year-old Miguel Rivera and U-Haul Co. of Pennsylvania denied having filled the propane cylinder of La Parrillada Chapina food truck that ruptured in July 2014, killing 42-year-old Olga Galdamez and her 17-year-old daughter Jaylin.

Prosecutors earlier dismissed charges related to the deaths and to alleged filling of out-of-date tanks. Rivera and the company pleaded guilty to using untrained workers.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Rivera said he “made a terrible mistake.” Defense attorney Michael Engle said the violations were unrelated to the explosion and “did not ultimately lead to any tragedy.”

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com