NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two ambulances collided in a violent wreck in the Bronx that injured multiple first responders.
One of the emergency vehicles overturned after being struck near Brook Avenue and East 142nd Street Saturday afternoon.
Witness video taken at the scene captured the large accident scene at massive traffic backup as emergency crews rushed to help the people trapped in the FDNY ambulance.
(Mott Haven, Bronx) Ambulance Overturned in Crash — Multiple people have been rescued from the two damaged emergency vehicles. It is unclear if anyone has been seriously injured. More video and updates: https://t.co/nTzi7CWXB9 #CitizenAppNYC pic.twitter.com/ausRws6pWe
— Citizen NYC (@CitizenApp_NYC) August 10, 2019
FDNY sources tell CBS2’s Matt Kozar that four EMTs were injured in the crash that took place just after 4 p.m.
Both vehicles were rushing to a scene in the area after receiving a call about an intoxicated person who was acting violently just a block away from the crash.
— Matt Kozar (@MattKozar_) August 11, 2019
The city’s official emergency notification services were warning New Yorkers to steer clear of the area for several hours.
All lanes of the Harlem River Drive at East 150th Street in Manhattan were closed due to the accident but were later reopened around 7:30 p.m.
— NYCEM – Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) August 10, 2019
According to sources, there were no patients inside the two ambulances at the time of the crash. All of the injured emergency workers were taken to Lincoln Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.