8 NJ firefighters injured in collision between 2 fire trucks

PATERSON, NJ (1,010 WINS) — Eight firefighters were injured after two fire engines collided as they rushed to respond to a blaze on Saturday, Paterson officials said.

The trucks were en route to the Targets Closeout electronics store on Main Street near Broadway around 5:30 p.m. when the trucks collided and were thrown off the road at the intersection of Broadway and Straight Street, according to the authorities.

One truck was thrown into the Golden Mango grocery store and the other hit a tree.

The eight injured firefighters were taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson in stable condition, officials said.

Jerry Speziale, director of police, fire and emergency medical services for Paterson, wrote on Twitter that he was praying for the firefighters’ recovery.

“At the hospital with the Bishop, Chaplain-Monsgr, Union President, Fire Chief, Mayor and other firefighters praying for 8 who were injured earlier in a serious accident in response to the ‘fire,’ he wrote. “The Paterson’s Bravest are incredible individuals. Pray for their speedy recovery.

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