Video: Calif. ladder truck swerves to avoid vehicle, crashes into building
Three Oakland firefighters were injured, transported to a hospital and released later that day
By Leila Merrill
OAKLAND, Calif. — An Oakland Fire Department ladder truck swerved to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle and crashed into an apartment building Saturday afternoon, SFGate reported.
Three firefighters were hurt, transported to a hospital and released that night. Some building residents were displaced.
The apparatus was en route to a structure fire, but firefighters later found that it was a “smoke scare,” Michael Hunt, a department spokesperson, said.
“This seemed to be an avoidable incident,” he said. “It cannot be emphasized enough — when drivers encounter emergency vehicles using lights and sirens, they must always move to the right edge of the road and stop until all the emergency vehicles have safely passed.”
The department is working with the Oakland Police Department to investigate the cause of the crash.
Surveillance footage shows firetruck crash in Oakland.🚨Two ladder trucks are seen traveling down Grand Ave. on the way to a call when a driver at Perkins St. pulls in front of second truck. Firefighter swerves & slams into building. @KTVU pic.twitter.com/khZwNab10Q— Elissa Harrington (@EHarringtonTV) February 27, 2022