EMS ambulances collision shuts down Harlem River Drive for hours

FDNY memebers work to remove the two damanges vehicles.
Photo by Edwin Soto

Two FDNY ambulances brutally collided with one another in the Mott Haven bringing traffic to a standstill and injuring four on Saturday, August 10.

The EMS vehicles were both responding to the same call for a disorderly individual prior to ramming head-to-head into one another near the intersection of Brook Avenue and East 142nd Street just around 4 p.m.

The reported injuries were all sustained by the EMS workers inside the vehicles, they were taken to nearby Lincoln Hospital for treatment, FDNY reported.

Neither ambulance was carrying a patient at the time of the crash, according to New York’s Bravest.

Upon the colliding, one of the two ambulances was pushed backwards, striking a light pole, alternate side parking sign, a garbage can and then a parked gray van before landing sliding sideways onto the sidewalk.

The other emergeny vehicle remained upright, blocking the intersection as a flood of responders came to the aid of their colleagues, working into the night to clean up the messy scene.

The accident created congestion throughout the area, even backing up Manhattan’s Harlem River Drive at East 150th Street for over two hours that evening.

The major artery was reopened around 7:30 p.m.

Later on that evening, as the glass and car debris were being swept off the Bronx street, the overturned ambulance was right-sided and then hoisted onto a flatbed truck.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The front of one of the ambluances from the collision.
Photo by Michael Carlo

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