Published on: May 22nd, 2013
A New York fire truck responding to a fire and a car collided Tuesday afternoon in a neighborhood residents said needs more traffic control.
A photo on SILive.com shows the rig and car came to rest in front of a banner with a large stop sign that reads, “Hey DOT … Stop Signs in School Zones. What’s the Issue?”
Engine Co. 163 was responding to an all-hands fire in the second-floor bedroom of a house at 288 St. John’s Ave., and was proceeding with full lights and sirens, according to [FDNY spokesman Mike] Parrella. The truck was due to be the first on the scene.
Witnesses told SILive.com’s Ryan Lavis and John Anneses the car was on a street without a stop sign, while the street on which the fire truck was traveling does have a stop sign at the intersection.
While the driver of the car was being treated at the hospital, he told SILive.com ”police officers issued him a summons from the FDNY for ‘failure to yield.’”
“I don’t know how can they even think about issuing someone a ticket after they blew through a stop sign and hit me,” [Dominic] Scaglione said. “Me and my daughter could have been dead.” Scaglione contended he was driving at a steady pace and didn’t notice the oncoming truck until it was too late.
FDNY could not confirm the ticket to SILive.com.
Fire officials said two crew members suffered minor injuries.
Everyone inside the home got out safely and it was under control about 40 minutes after the blaze was first reported, Parrella told SILive.com.