By Eyewitness News’ Ken Rosato
(New York-WABC, June 4, 2005) — A police officer remains hospitalized this morning, after a fire truck crashed into his car in the Bronx. The officer was on his way to work when the accident happened. The fire truck was on a call.
Eyewitness news reporter Ken Rosato is at Saint Barnabas Hospital in the East Tremont section with more.
This is a serious situation. This has been in the news of lately, the fire commissioner allegedly making comments to the fire department union heads saying the trucks weren’t responding quickly enough to calls. Now we have a situation where they say one of those trucks collided with a police officer, the officer being hit by the fire truck. It happened at 11:00pm Friday night. The officer was driving his white Toyota to work. He works at the 42 Precinct at Washington Avenue and East 175th Street. The collision occurred seconds after a fire truck had cleared the intersection. The force of the crash sent the car 25 feet. Six other people received minor injuries. They were taken to the hospital, treated and released. The officer was rushed to Saint Barnabas Hospital, where he has been upgraded to stable.
It’s all very significant, once again, because it was just last week that Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta accused union leaders of making men slow down to increase their response time, allegedly an attempt to force the reopening of closed firehouses. It’s something the union denies it ever did.