Nobody was hurt in the mid-morning crash, which provided the unusual sight of a fire truck and mangled car blocking traffic in the middle of Maspeth.
The fire truck, from Engine Company 288, was traveling northbound on Grand Avenue on its way to an emergency call in Hillside. When the truck reached 69th Street on the two-lane avenue it attempted to turn right - from the left lane - and collided with a car in the right lane that was moving straight through the intersection.
At the scene of the accident the car's driver, Maspeth resident Piech Zmigniew, said he had started through the intersection when the light turned green only to be slammed in the side by the fire truck.
“It was one-hundred percent his fault,” Zmigniew said of the fire truck.
Fire Chief Robert McBride said Zmigniew ran the red light ahead of the turning fire truck, which had its lights and sirens blaring. The fire truck driver “had his hand out the window” signaling the turn, McBride said.
“We have a witness who's stating that not only did he fail to yield, but he ran the red light,” he added. Two other witnesses said they saw Zmigniew proceeding with caution through the intersection when he was struck by the fire truck.