A gas leak in Brooklyn prompted two firetrucks to race to the rescue, only for them to collide “t-bone” style upon arrival. As a result of the crash one firetruck flipped over and the other crashed into a nearby yard. Thirteen firefighters were injured and twelve had to be hospitalized.
The accident happened a little after 9:30am at the intersection of Ashford Street and Hegeman Avenue and involved a truck from Engine 236 and a truck from Ladder 107. The ladder 107 truck crushed a parked minivan when it flipped over onto it, and ended up wedged in a tree.
The Engine 236 truck ended up on the front lawn of a nearby resident’s home. The Ladder 107 crash was the worst of the two, and two firefighters had to be cut from the rig and rushed to the hospital. Four of the firemen had serious leg injuries and the other eight sustained more minor injuries.
Two firefighters suffered very serious leg injuries and had to be taken to Brookdale Hospital to be treated. They are expected to live, but the full extent of their injuries is not yet known.
Volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers injured in the line of duty are eligible for cash benefits and medical care as a result of the Volunteer Firefighters’ and Volunteer Ambulance Workers’ (VFAW) Benefits Laws.