2013-01-11 / Top Stories


By Dan Guarino

On Tuesday morning January 9th an FDNY ambulance collided with a Department of Sanitation truck around 9 a.m on Cross Bay Boulevard at Noel Road in Broad Channel.

Motorists passing through the area shortly after the crash reported it appeared that the front end of the FDNY vehicle was wedged under the rear section of the large Sanitation truck.

Both vehicles were on the south-bound side of the Boulevard and appeared to be in the left hand turn lane, leading to speculation that both vehicles were poised to turn onto Noel Road.

Despite severe damage to the ambulance, police on the scene said both FDNY medical technicians sustained only minor injuries. They were treated for cuts and bruises at the scene.

The Department of Sanitation driver was unhurt and speaking with police at the scene.

Police confirmed that the ambulance was not carrying any patients or passengers at the time of the accident.

Drivers have mentioned that navigating Cross Bay Boulevard has become increasingly difficult and often hazardous due to the increased number of frequently stopped large vehicles involved in Sandy cleanup efforts.

Due to a spill from an overturned tanker on Rockaway Turnpike that morning, traffic was unusually heavy on this alternate route to and from the Rockaway Peninsula all through the day and evening. Cars and trucks were backed up at the Cross Bay toll plaza off and on all day.

As late as 11 p.m. traffic was heavy as Nassau police had a large section of Sheridan Boulevard blocked off where oil was still on the ground.

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