Providence Fire Truck In Fender Bender On Way To Call

The driver did not appear to be hurt.


A Providence fire truck and a car were involved in a fender-bender Monday morning as the emergency vehicle was responding to a call.

An NBC 10 photographer caught the accident on videotape. The videotape shows a pickup truck and then a car turning in front of the fire truck, which had its siren on.

The pickup truck completed the turn, but the fire truck struck the car. The driver did not appear to be hurt. The rear fender of the car was damaged.

Providence Batallion Chief Thomas Warren said these kids of accidents are fairly typical. He offered some advice on what drivers should do if they hear sirens coming up behind them.

"The best thing to do is pull over to the right and stop, and stay stopped until the vehicle goes by. That's really the safest thing," Warren said. "It's not a question of trying to beat them across the intersection or 'I can make it.' It's pull over to the side of the road and stop. That way you signal to the driver of the fire apparatus what your intentions are."

The firefighters were responding to a call at the Juanita Sanchez Education Complex. Officials said the fire was in a third-floor bathroom.

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