15 Hospitalized After 2 Fire Engines Crash in SoCal

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An emergency response was taking place in Monterey Park on Wednesday after two fire engines crashed. (Credit: KTLA)


Two fire engines crashed into each other and then one of them barreled into a business in Monterey Park on Wednesday afternoon, leaving 15 firefighters and members of the public injured.

The incident occurred at Emerson and Garfield avenues (map) at about 3:15 p.m., according to Lt. Carrie Mazelin of the Monterey Park Police Department.

There were multiple injuries, Mazelin said. The Monterey Park Fire Department was handling the response, she said.

Multiple people were being transported on gurneys by paramedics, aerial video showed.

Nine patients from the crash were admitted to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to Rosa Saca, a spokeswoman for the hospital.

Five firefighters and four civilians were admitted, with one of the civilians in critical condition, Saca said.

A spokesman for Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park said six patients, none of them critical, were taken there. Hospital spokesman Eric Jiang would not say if any of those patients were firefighters.

Fire officials on scene said 15 people were transported, including all six firefighters who were on the two trucks.

Continue reading on KTLA.com.


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