Philadelphia Fire Department vehicle strikes pedestrian in chain reaction collision

Mike Dougherty
May 29, 2019 - 11:19 am
An eye witness tells me a woman trying to beat the light at 21st and Market slammed into this fire department vehicle, which hit a pedestrian before slamming into the building

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia Fire Department SUV struck a pedestrian in a chain reaction crash in Center City on Wednesday morning. Two people were taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The collision at 21st and Market streets caved in the driver's side front wheel on the red SUV, so the tow truck operator had to drag the vehicle on to the flatbed. The fire department washed blood off of the sidewalk at the intersection.

Joseph Caruthers said he saw the whole thing.

"As I was waiting at the light, there was a fire truck basically coming our way. As it was coming our way, he had his lights and siren on. So he stopped and then proceeded slowly, probably about 5 miles an hour. As he proceeded slowly, he got hit directly on the tire and it bounced him off like a ping-pong basically, and he came and hit the side of the building, hit the lady in the process."

He says he rushed to pull the fire official out of the vehicle. He was bleeding, Caruthers says, but he was talking and seemed like he would be ok.

The Honda that Carutuers says caused the mess has Uber decals on the front and back, but it doesn't look like any passengers were inside. The woman driving the Honda was interviewed by accident investigators. It's unclear if any charges will be filed.