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A firefighter behind the wheel of a fire truck hit a pedestrian in Midwood on Oct. 3, fire officials said.

It was the second crash on Avenue M involving that firehouse in as many months.

The smoke eater from Ladder Company 156 struck the pedestrian on Avenue M at Coney Island Avenue at 1:28 pm while responding to a fire on Avenue L and E. 10th Street, according to the Fire Department.

Hatzolah volunteer ambulance personnel transported the victim to Coney Island Hospital in stable condition, a department spokesman said.

In August, a truck from the same ladder company collided with a car on Avenue M and Bedford Avenue while the drive was responding to a report of a fire that turned out to be a false alarm.

The FDNY spokesman did not know if the same driver was involved in both incidents.

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
This is why cars including emergency service vehicles don't belong in cities. The FDNY should use horse drawn fire engines.
Oct. 6, 2014, 7:20 am
ty from pps says:
and little spotty dogs to help them find the fireplugs.
Oct. 6, 2014, 7:43 am
Zulu from NYC says:
They should also use hand pumps because all those diesel exhausts are just so nasty. And maybe if they sweet talk to the fire it will just put itself out.
Oct. 6, 2014, 8 am
DG from Queens says:
Mike,

It's pretty sad when I see an ambulance stuck in traffic so thick that people can't even pull over to let it pass. If we could get 10% of the cars off the road, there'd be enough wiggle room for emergency services to respond faster.

I don't know if horse drawn fire engines would be worthwhile, but perhaps EMTs on motorcycles or electric bicycles could help save some lives in cases where they can be there sooner than the ambulance.
Oct. 6, 2014, 8:47 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
How does a pedestrian not see or hear a fire truck? Hell, the ground even shakes when the trucks go by. I have seen many walkers run across the street with fire trucks and ambulances coming when the wiser course would be to wait a few seconds for them to pass --even with baby strollers.
Oct. 6, 2014, 8:50 am
DMC from ParkSLop says:
LMAO some of these remarks are really insane. I hope MIke you are just being sarcastic because that is such an idiotic remark
Oct. 6, 2014, 2:54 pm

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