NBC News reported that on June 26, 2016, a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) truck crashed into the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Q11 bus. According to an FDNY spokesperson, the accident happened just before 12:30 p.m. EDT, in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. Firefighters were in route to a fire at 8-01 26th Ave., when the collision took place. FDNY reported the accident location was between 21st Street and Ditmars Boulevard.
A New York City Police Department (NYPD) representative indicated that there were 10 people injured. Two firefighters were among the harmed. According to PIX11 News, there is no information available regarding the extent of the injuries of the civilians or the firefighters.
NYC Fire Wire’s Facebook page indicated that there are several tractor trailers burning at the scene of the fire. The post also indicated “all hands going to work.” According to Google, 8-01 26th Ave., is a one-story building not far from Ways Reef and appears to be located in a warehouse area of town. However, there is a condominium complex located to the east of the building.
A photo posted on Twitter shows the billowing smoke rising high into the sky. The tweet stated, “Fire on the East River.”
UPDATE NBC News 2:00 p.m.: During a press conference, the FDNY explained there were 12 people on the bus injured. No one involved in the collision has life-threatening injuries. There were also at least three parked vehicles hit during the crash, although nobody was harmed.
There is no further information available. Guardian Liberty Voice will provide updates as they become available.
Written by Cathy Milne
NBC News: 17 Injured After Fire Truck Crashes Into MTA Bus: FDNY
PIX 11 News: 16 injured after FDNY truck crashed into MTA bus in Astoria
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