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Amber Alert

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Man fights for life after fire truck accident in Queens

A wild accident left a trucker critically injured and five firefighters hurt when a tractor-trailer smashed into a fire engine in Queens this afternoon, police said. The impact spun the FDNY rig - which was racing to a blaze with its sirens blaring - almost 180 degrees, sending it through a wooden fence and into the front yard of a house in Laurelton.

A taxi suffered minor damage when it rear-ended the truck at the intersection of 225th St. and N. Conduit Ave., which has a light. But the truck's jackknifed cab was crumpled.

"They had to cut the cabin to get \[the driver\] out," said Jacob Lifshitz, 45, a witness. "It's very sad."

The truck driver was fighting for his life at Jamaica Hospital. The firefighters, from Engine 311 in Queens, were taken to the same hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The truck is owned by MT Transportation of Bay Shore, L.I. Source