They were both heading to the same fire. A Monterey Park fire truck, and an Alhambra fire ladder truck. One was on Garfield, the other on Emerson, when according to witnesses, they collided. The Monterey fire truck turned 45 degrees, and was almost pushed by the other truck right into Lu's Dumpling House.
A man standing outside the dim sum eatery was shoved through the front entrance. The cashier, and her table, were slammed across the small room. Half a dozen customers on the other side ducked, as broken glass rained on them, cutting arms and legs.
Six firefighters on the trucks were injured, one of them seriously. The man pinned under the truck was pulled out, and transported in critical condition. Altogether, fifteen people were injured, according to Monterey park fire chief Jim Morrell, who shook his head as reporters asked if he'd ever seen anything like this.
"The protocols" he explained, " as we approach an intersection, with lights and siren on, is to slow down and proceed with caution". He confirmed that both agencies were hearing the same dispatch, Verdugo Fire Communications center regional, which handles a lot of the foothill communities.
CHP is handling the investigation into the crash. They did not share how fast the trucks may have been travelling.
(FOX 11 / CNS) A pair of fire trucks collided at a Monterey Park intersection, sending one of the them careening into a restaurant, injuring 15 people, one critically.
A Monterey Park Fire Department truck wound up largely inside the Lu Dumpling House at the corner of Emerson and Garfield avenues. The truck had apparently collided with an Alhambra Fire Department ladder truck.
The crews in both trucks were heading to the scene of a house fire in southern Monterey Park when the collision occurred at 3:15 p.m., Monterey Park Fire Department Chief Jim Birrell said.
Six firefighters sustained minor to moderate injuries and eight people had minor injuries, authorities said. It was unclear what caused the vehicles to collide, California HighwayPatrol Officer Martin Vasquez said.
"Something went wrong today,"Alhambra Fire Department Chief Bill Walker said in a broadcast interview. "We will figure that out.''
Monterey Park Fire Department Engine 61 was removed from the restaurant around 9 p.m., Monterey Park Police Department Sgt. Art Rousseau said.