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4 firefighters hurt in truck-car crash

Four Buffalo firefighters were injured late Monday when a sedan plowed into their truck as they responded to an emergency call on Michigan Avenue near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, a fire official said.

The firefighters and the driver of the car were taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, Battalion Chief Michael F. Biasillo told The Buffalo News at the scene of the crash.

Engine 1 was heading north on Michigan, entering the intersection with Goodell Street, at 9:15 p.m. to respond to a 911 call at 865 Michigan, Biasillo said.

The sedan apparently was westbound on Goodell entering the intersection when it struck the fire truck, he said.

The impact sent Engine 1 onto the northwest corner of the intersection, where the truck came to a stop. The passenger-side corner of the truck's windshield had spider-web cracking, and the front passenger-side door and frame had minor damage.

The sedan, with a severely crumpled front end, came to a stop in the middle of the intersection, pointing north on Michigan near St. John Baptist Church.

The driver of the sedan told emergency responders that he didn't see Engine 1, which had its lights and siren activated and had the right of way at the intersection, Biasillo said.

The Buffalo Police Department's Accident Investigation Unit was on the scene.

An investigation continued late Monday.

The names of the firefighters and the other driver were not immediately released, and their conditions were unavailable late Monday.