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SANTA CRASHES THROUGH WALL; 11 PEOPLE HURT

Santa Claus surprised children at a fire department Christmas party Saturday when he came crashing through a wall on a fire truck, sending cinder blocks and debris flying.

Eleven people, including a 2-month-old baby, were taken to area hospitals, Clay police dispatcher Steve Mauser said. He said a 37-year-old mother and her 5-year-old son were hospitalized with fractures and internal bleeding.

The driver, firefighter Richard Chicallo, 27, told police the gas pedal got stuck and forced the vehicle to surge forward. He and the Santa, David Evans, 25, were not injured.

The fire truck hit two cars parked outside the Moyers Corners Fire Department in this Syracuse suburb, forcing one car through the wall and into the banquet room and startling the 50 people waiting for Santa to appear through the door, Mauser said. "I don't think the kids knew what was going on. They were shocked," he said.

The truck destroyed half the wall and a significant amount of the building's internal structure, Mauser said.

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