Firefighter injured in overturned Breezy Point volunteer firetruck

Firefighters work at scene of overturned volunteer fire truck in Breezy Point, Queens. (Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin)

A volunteer firefighter was injured Saturday evening when he swerved to avoid another vehicle and overturned the firetruck in Breezy Point, Queens, FDNY fire officials said.

The injured firefighter was taken to Community Hospital in Brooklyn where his injuries were not considered serious.

The crash occurred at 5:27 p.m. on Oct. 3 when fire officials said the pumper from the Rockaway Point Volunteer Fire Corps was traveling on Rockaway Point Blvd, when the driver told police from the 100th Precinct that he swerved to avoid another vehicle, causing the truck to flip onto its side at about Beach 215th Street. Now, information is that a spring broke on the truck, causing the overturn.

FDNY and police rushed to the scene to find the driver already out of the fire truck. The Rockaway Point Ambulance Corps then took the volunteer to the hospital. A second volunteer was said to be uninjured in the crash.

The fire truck, an F550, was heavily damaged in the crash. The roadway was also blocked for about an hour.

Damaged vehicle sits on its side in Breezy Point. (Photo By Debbie Egan-Chin)
A young man is examined after the crash in Breezy Point, as many unmasked residents look on. (Photo by Debbie Egan-Chin)



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