2 Firetrucks involved in 2 Separate Crashes

There were 2 separate accidents involving fire trucks in one Queens neighborhood last Sunday afternoon. The first accident involved a firetruck and an MTA bus at the intersection of Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Street. “The rig wound up with a mangled front bumper and the driver’s windshield knocked out. The 12 civilians and two firefighters who were hurt suffered non-life threatening injuries. Four of the injured victims were taken to the hospital along with the firefighters. Witnesses say the fire engine had its lights flashing and siren on as it headed to the active blaze nearby. One of the firefighters was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital with head and neck injuries, officials said. The other suffered a cut to the back of his head and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, officials said. Three more firefighters on the truck were uninjured, officials said. “The bus then careened into two parked vehicles,” said FDNY Chief James Daly. “We didn’t have any injuries in those two vehicles.” The firetruck as on its way to fight a fire and had its sirens and lights on while racing to the scene.

The second accident occurred at 21st Street and 21st Avenue, just blocks away from the first accident. Lights and sirens were also on for the second firetruck when they struck a four-door sedan. In the sedan, the passenger was hurt but none of the injuries sustained were serious. However many people were shaken up because of the fact that there were 2 accidents in the same neighborhood in the same day.

Source: CBS 2 NY


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