Crash­be­tween fire truck and car

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

A col­li­sion be­tween a fire truck and a car blocked a busy cen­tral Auck­land in­ter­sec­tion on Tues­day morn­ing.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at the in­ter­sec­tion of San­dring­ham and Bal­moral Roads at around 10am.

Fire Ser­vice as­sis­tant area man­ager Roger Cal­lis­ter said the Mt Roskill fire crew had been head­ing to a fire alarm down the road.

‘‘They were re­spond­ing un­der lights and siren,’’ he said.

Cal­lis­ter said the fire ap­pli­ance had been ‘‘crawl­ing’’ through the in­ter­sec­tion and had ‘‘vir­tu­ally come to a stop’’ at the time of the crash.

The driver of the car was checked over by St John am­bu­lance staff but was un­in­jured.

Cal­lis­ter said the fire crew - an of­fi­cer and three fire­fight­ers - were un­in­jured but shaken by the events.

Traf­fic lights at the in­ter­sec­tion were turned off so po­lice could di­vert the mo­torists away from the scene.

The car was se­ri­ously dam­aged and re­quired a tow truck to re­move it.

The fire truck sus­tained scrapes to its front left cor­ner.

The fire ap­pli­ance would need to be as­sessed by a me­chanic be­fore it would be al­lowed back on the road, Cal­lis­ter said.

Traf­fic was af­fected in all four direc­tions and mo­torists were ad­vised to avoid the area.

PHO­TOS: ELESHA ED­MONDS/FAIR­FAX NZ

The crash took place at the in­ter­sec­tion of Bal­moral and San­dring­ham Roads.

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