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Fire Truck Accident Leaves 10 Hurt on Nostrand Avenue

By DNAinfo Staff on March 27, 2012 1:36pm  | Updated on March 27, 2012 2:11pm

By Nicholas Rizzi and Wil Cruz

DNAinfo Staff

BROOKLYN — A fire truck racing to a blaze in Bedford-Stuyvesant crashed into another vehicle Tuesday, leaving 10 people, including six firefighters, injured, officials said.

The Ladder 111 truck, on its way to a trash fire at 1275 Bedford Ave., smashed into a silver Dodge Charger at Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenue about 12:20 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

Louis Smith, 55, who lives in the neighborhood, said the fire truck plowed into the Charger, which was turning onto Fulton Street, as it was running a red light at Nostrand Avenue.

"It was like slow motion," Smith said.

The blast crushed the front of the Charger, and left the driver shell shocked, Smith said.

"It took a long time for the driver to come out of the car," he added. "He looked distraught. I felt bad for him."

Six firefighters and four civilians were taken to Kings County and Woodhull hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, the spokesman said.

There were no injuries from the fire.