Mike Wilbur

BRAND NEW ENGINE SIDE-SWIPPED IN TROY, NY

TROY – The city’s new fire truck was sidewiped on Second Street Tuesday afternoon by a vehicle running from the State Police after crossing into the city on the Menands Bridge, State Police and city fire officials confirmed.

Engine 6 had responded to a call in South Troy when the vehicle collided with it and sped away northbound at about 1:30 p.m., Fire Chief Eric McMahon said. The car lost a door handle and sideview mirror from sideswiping the pumper, said Trooper Kerra Burns, a spokeswoman for Troop G. No injuries were reported.

The new engine escaped the incident unscathed and was back in service almost immediately, McMahon said. The engine had responded to a call on Second Street from the Canal Street Fire Station.

The new pumper was placed in service last week.

A troop car was pursuing the vehicle south on I-787 and broke off the chase when the vehicle left the highway at Route 378 going into Troy, Burns said.  A helicopter from the State Police Aviation Unit participated in hunting for the vehicle.

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