Eight Paterson firefighters were injured when a pair of fire trucks collided Saturday evening while responding to a call, officials said.
Around 5:30 pm, authorities were responding to a fire at a Targets Closeout store at 141 Main St., which was brought under control without injuries.
But as two fire trucks were en route to the fire, they collided at the intersection of Broadway and Straight Street, sending one vehicle careening into a tree and the other into the Golden Mango supermarket at 200 Broadway. Eight firefighters were seriously injured in the crash, said Jerry Speziale, the city’s public safety director of police and fire, who was on the scene Saturday evening.
All firefighters were rushed to St. Joseph’s medical center in Paterson. The three most seriously injured were in stable condition with “non-life-threatening” injuries, Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott told NorthJersey.com. No one was injured in the supermarket, Speziale said.
Paterson Mayor Andrew Sayegh told News 12 New Jersey that three of the firefighters were in critical condition.
“Paterson’s firefighters are the bravest and most talented group of individuals,” Speziale said. “We’re all praying for them. They do this everyday for the residents of Paterson.”
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