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Ambulance-Car Collision Injures Three on Busy Greenpoint Corner

By Meredith Hoffman | September 18, 2013 3:32pm
 A car slammed into an ambulance Wednesday on the corner of McGuiness Boulevard and Huron Street.
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GREENPOINT — An FDNY ambulance rushing to a medical emergency was struck by a car that failed to yield at a busy neighborhood intersection, witnesses and officials said.

The ambulance was hit at the corner of McGuinness Boulevard and Huron Street at 12:38 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

One person was seriously injured and another two suffered minor injuries, the spokesman said. They were taken to Woodhull Hospital for treatment. 

The crash, which badly damaged both the ambulance and the grey Accura that struck it, occurred when the car swerved around traffic that was stopped for the ambulance to pass, witness William Maldonado said.

"He passed the traffic on the right side and didn't even see the ambulance...it seemed like he didn't even hit the brakes at all," said Maldonado, 45, who was standing on the southeast corner of the intersection when the crash occurred in the northwest corner. "The car was demolished...The suspension of the ambulance was all messed up and these ambulances are built pretty tough."

Maldonado said the ambulance was headed west on Huron Street when the car plowed into it from McGuinness Boulevard.

"There was a big bang, even the people inside the store heard it and came out," said Maldonado, who had been standing outside a grocery store at the time.

The NYPD did not immediately respond to requests for further information about the accident.