L.I. Firefighter Critical After His Vehicle Collides with Chief's

The volunteer firefighter was ejected, and sustained head and neck injuries.


Two North Bellmore firefighters traveling to an emergency call were hospitalized Sunday following what police described as a "serious" auto accident.

Nassau police detectives said a 34-year-old North Bellmore Fire Department chief, driving a fire chief vehicle, collided with a Jeep driven by a 27-year-old volunteer firefighter along Newbridge Road at about 1:43 p.m.

Police did not release the name of the firefighters, but fire officials confirmed one of the department's chiefs, Joseph M. Domiano, was involved in the crash.

Detectives said the chief was driving north on Newbridge Road, when his car collided with the volunteer firefighter's 1997 Jeep Wrangler as the Jeep made a left turn from Belmond Avenue to go south on Newbridge Road.

Bellmore Fire Department ambulance transported both men to Nassau University Medical Center. Domiano sustained knee and back injuries but was released from the hospital on Sunday, North Bellmore fire officials said. The firefighter, who was ejected from his Jeep, sustained head and neck injuries and was listed in "critical but stable condition," police said.

Detectives said both vehicles were impounded from the scene for brake and safety inspections.

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