One fire engine collided with another FDNY truck in Brooklyn this morning, smashing through a resident’s brick wall and injuring 11 firefighters, authorities said.
The collision happened around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Avenue J and East 103rd Street in Canarsie, officials said.
Four firefighters suffered serious injuries, while seven were listed with minor wounds, according to an FDNY spokesman.
All of the injured firefighters were taken to Kings County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the FDNY said.
Engine 257 was traveling south on East 103rd, while Hook & Ladder 170 was motoring west on Avenue J, according to witnesses.
The trucks swerved and collided in the middle of the intersection. Black skid marks showed where they hit.
The house itself escaped serious damage, other than a few busted windows.
The colliding trucks had been headed to the same blaze, officials and witnesses said.
“I heard the tires screeching and I quickly looked out the window and saw the [Engine 257] truck coming toward the house,” said Cecil Lowe, 65, who lives upstairs at the corner house. “It was very frightening.”
The firefighter operating Engine 257 was briefly trapped inside wreckage.
“The driver was pinned inside the truck and he was unconscious,” Lowe said. “Within two minutes, a bunch of ambulances came and used the jaws of life to take him out.”
He added: “There were some other guys who got hurt. A passenger had a big head wound. A lot of the other guys looked shook up.”