STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, NY – A young boy was rushed to the hospital Saturday morning after he was struck by an FDNY firetruck, according to the New York Post.
Police said the accident happened when the 7-year-old ran into the roadway in the area of Broad Street and Gordon Street in the Stapleton section of Staten Island at about 7:20 a.m. The firetruck was on its way back from a 911 call and was about five blocks from its stationhouse at Engine 153/Ladder 77. A witness said the boy had run around a city bus and then entered the path of the truck. Officials do not believe the driver ever saw him, according to NBC New York.
Firefighters stopped to render aid to the boy until EMS arrived and transported him to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. He was then airlifted to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens for further treatment and was expected to survive. The Post reported that the boy and his mother had recently moved to Staten Island.
Witnesses said the driver of the firetruck was distraught and was crying in the street following the incident.
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