Five firefighters are injured in a rollover accident on Prospect Hill Road in Wallkill on Friday. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt caught up with police who gave us the latest on the crash.
WALLKILL, N.Y. -- “We heard them coming down the road like we do every day, and all of a sudden we just heard like a big crash, it sounded like a big plane,” said Danyel Babcock.
A fire truck with five firefighters aboard responding to an accident, ended up in a crash of their own right out front of Danyel Babcock’s, 22, home.
“I was actually scared, didn't know if it was gonna explode, or anything was leaking or what not, didn't know what to expect,” said Babcock.
Police say as the fire truck was traveling east a car traveling west crossed the double yellow line partially into the path of the truck, causing the fire truck to then swerve to avoid a collision.
“Their quickest route there was over prospect hill road,” said Town of Newburgh Police Sgt. William Ransom. “The road was wet, there were leaves on it. Once the truck lost control it just flipped on its side and rolled over.”
The firefighters taken to area hospitals, four of which were given the okay to recover at home following minor bumps and bruises, according to Police.
“Speed does not appear to be a factor. It doesn’t appear to be excessive. All the fire personnel had been seat belted in, which probably saved their lives,” said Ransom.
While all involved are expected to make full recoveries, the same can’t be said for the truck, which the Sgt. expects is a complete loss. But all, like Babock, are just pleased the outcome wasn't worse.
“It’s frightening, but just glad that everyone's okay,” said Babcock.
Officials say they don’t have a description of the car the firefighters were trying to avoid. They're asking anyone with info to contact Town of Newburgh Police.