A Hempstead Fire Department truck collided with civilian traffic Tuesday night while responding to a fire, Hempstead police said. Seven people, including two fire fighters, were transported to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries, police said.
The 1989 Pierce fire department truck was traveling east on Fulton Avenue with flashing lights and sirens at 9:08 p.m. in response to a car fire alarm when the collision occurred, police said.
Hempstead Police Lt. Francis McNamee said the fire truck's driver realized then that the burning car was in the opposite direction on Fulton Avenue. "He made the U-turn in front of oncoming traffic, and hit an oncoming minivan, and the minivan hit a parked car," McNamee said.
A person in the parked car, four in the minivan, and the two fire fighters were transported by either fire department or Nassau police ambulances to area hospitals, McNamee said.
There were no summonses or arrests issued at the crash scene, police said. The car fire was extinguished by other responding firefighters and vehicles, McNamee said, and there were no reported injuries.