Four people were injured including a Spencerport firefighter following a multi-vehicle crash on Monday afternoon.
The firefighter was travelling northbound on Union Street with lights and sirens on, responding to a house fire on West Ridge Road in a Spencerport Fire Department truck. As it passed through the the intersection at West Avenue, a black car pulled into the intersection and struck the fire vehicle, causing it to spin around. The Spencerport fire vehicle then struck a silver SUV that was heading southbound on Union Street, and flipped onto its side.
The female driver of the car was injured, as were a driver and passenger in the SUV. All three were taken to Unity Hospital for treatment of what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.
The firefighter was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with what were described as minor injuries.
“He’s shaken up,” said Spencerport fire department spokesman Aaron Baker. “Fortunately there were no serious injuries and we believe everyone will be OK.”
The incident happened just before 5:30 p.m. in an area that was crowded with pedestrians, many heading to area eateries and taking advantage of the warm spring weather. Witnesses described the incident as scary.
“It was so loud,” said Rob Wilson, who was walking with a friend. “I just froze, and I thought for a second that the black car was going to come up and hit someone.”
That car came to rest between a tree and a utility pole, with its front tires on the sidewalk and its rear tires in the street. Had it gone any farther, it might have struck people sitting on benches or standing on the lawn outside of Abbot’s Frozen Custard and Grandpa Sam’s, a popular Italian restaurant near the intersection.
The firefighter slowed as he entered the intersection and thought it was clear, Baker said. The driver of the car that struck his vehicle said she did not see the fire vehicle approaching.
Baker described the fire vehicle as a utility truck that is used mainly for grass fires. It carries a small water tank, hoses and a variety of tools.