PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — What started as a rescue effort from the Providence Fire Department turned into another accident on Thursday night.
According to Lt. John Ryan, the fire truck was en route to a child that was hit by a car and injured when the truck itself crashed into a minivan.
Police report that a 7-year-old who was crossing Jewett Street was hit at 8:58 p.m by 16-year-old driver just after buying ice cream from an ice cream truck.
The fire truck was then on Valley Street when at 9:07 p.m. a minivan turned left in front of the truck, said Ryan, causing the truck to collide into it.
Lt. Ryan stated that the driver of the car that struck that child is being cited for not using due care and other traffic violations. Also, the driver of the minivan, Marilyn Milano, 52, is being cited for failing to yield to a fire engine. She told police that she was listening to the radio and did not hear the siren.
According to police, the child was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and in stable condition.
While the fire engine was not severely damaged, the minivan had heavy damage in the rear.