Both Manchester Fire Department fire engines were on their way to respond to a blaze on Arlington Street when they slammed into each other at the intersection of Bridge and Maple streets in Manchester around 12:45 p.m., Manchester Police Public Information Officer Heather Hamel said.
One fire truck was traveling northbound on Maple Street and the other was heading eastbound on Bridge Street at the time of the incident, Hamel said. A black pickup truck that was also driving toward the intersection pulled over to the side of the road to let them through, and the two engines collided.
Images of the scene shared by police on Facebook showed a black pickup truck crushed against the front of one of the fire engines. Another fire truck appeared to have hit the side of the first. A traffic light pole was also knocked over.
Eight fire personnel and the male driver of the pickup truck, who was the only passenger in the vehicle, were taken to Catholic Medical Center or Elliot Hospital, Hamel said.
All fire personnel were treated for minor to moderate injuries and released from the hospital Friday afternoon, Manchester District Fire Chief Mike Gamache said. The driver of the pickup truck has yet to be released, but sustained non-life threatening injuries, Hamel said.
One fire truck was carrying a ladder and the other was carrying water, Gamache said. Both trucks may be totaled, he said.
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Firefighters from another station were able to quickly extinguish the fire on Arlington Street, Gamache said.
The crash led to the closure of several streets in the area. Maple Street was closed at the intersection of Lowell Street, and both lanes of Bridge Street were closed between Beech and Malvern streets.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Caroline Enos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @CarolineEnos.
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