Collision Between Fire Engine and Ladder Truck in Green Lake Hospitalizes 8 Firefighters
A Seattle fire engine collided with a ladder truck at about 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day, sending eight firefighters to the hospital and smashing into the storefront of a massage business near the intersection of NE 65th Street and 12th Avenue NE.
The firefighters were taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation, but were released with no serious injuries.
According to a Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman, the trucks were responding to an automatic fire alarm. The Fire Department is conducting an internal investigation and Seattle Police traffic-collision investigators are assessing the crash, since it wasn’t clear how fast the trucks were going when they collided. What is known is that the fire engine was traveling east on NE 65th Street while the ladder truck was traveling north on 12th Avenue NE when they hit.
The Seattle Times reported that the massage business, an Elements Massage franchise owned by Larry Culp, was only cosmetically damaged. The overhang their business sign is attached to and some lighting were damaged, but it could have been a lot worse. “The fire engine came to rest 6 inches from an expensive planter and could have gone right through the front of the building,” Culp said.
Luckily, employees hadn’t arrived yet because the business’ opening was delayed due to the New Year’s Day holiday, otherwise their cars would have been parked in the lot the fire engine careened through and the damage would have been more widespread.
Featured photo credit: Ken Lambert for The Seattle Times
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