QUEENS, NY — A wild accident left a trucker critically injured and five firefighters hurt Thursday when a U.S. Postal Service tractor-trailer smashed into a fire engine in Queens, police said.
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The impact spun the FDNY rig – which was racing to a call with sirens blaring – almost 180 degrees, sending it through a wooden fence and into the front yard of a house at 225th St. and N. Conduit Ave. in Laurelton.
“I heard the siren first, and then I heard ‘boom,’” said the homeowner, Galva Robinson, 46. “I looked through my window and the fire truck is in my yard.”
A taxi suffered minor damage when it rear-ended the tractor-trailer, cops said. The truck’s jackknifed cab was crumpled.
“They had to cut the cabin to get [the driver] out,” said a witness, Jacob Lifshitz, 45. “It’s very sad.”
The 45-year-old truck driver was fighting for his life at Jamaica Hospital last night. The firefighters from Engine 311 were at the same hospital in stable condition. The taxi driver was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital in stable condition.
Equipment, including hoses, flew off the fire truck and into the yard. Skid marks from the 18-wheeler mail truck, owned by MT Transportation of Bay Shore, L.I., stretched 70 feet toward the intersection, which has a light. It was unclear whether the truck had the green.