Fire truck collides with car, buildings
An Orangeville Fire Department truck, responding to a service call shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, collided with another vehicle while traveling eastbound on Broadway between John Street and First Street. The fire truck swerved off the street after the collision, ending up wedged between the post office and a next door furniture store on the south side of the street.
Three firefighters were transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries and released. Police say at least one, and possibly two other vehicles received damage as a result of the incident.
A witness at the scene said the fire truck appeared to have swerved into the west bound lane and sideswiped a Honda.
There were reports it swerved and struck an ATV that was being hauled by a pickup truck, causing it to separate. The ATV was tangled with the truck as it crashed into the wall.
Another witness, Jordan Murray, said the truck “nearly hit three people (when the vehicle swerved). He made the turn and couldn’t stop at all.”
One of the pedestrians, according to Ms. Murray, was her stepfather, who she said had to hasten his pace in order to avoid being struck by the fire vehicle when it jumped the eastbound sidewalk.
Broadway, between First Street and Bythia, was closed well into the night as Traffic Collision Reconstructionists investigated. As of Wednesday, a small portion of the sidewalk on the south side of Broadway east of John remained closed to pedestrians to allow for clean-up and repairs to the furniture store.
Commenting on the accident, Orangeville Mayor Rob Adams said: “It’s a blessing that no one was seriously injured.”