The Fultonville Volunteer Fire Department crew was tending to a vehicle that slid off the roadway due to icy conditions. Chief Tom Crosier said the crew was getting ready to leave the scene when a box truck struck a guardrail, tipped onto its side and slid into the department’s fire truck, which was parked on the side of the Thruway.
State police spokesman Jason Jones said the accident occurred on the eastbound lane of the Thruway, just before exit 28.
Milton Cooper, 43, of Syracuse, was driving a rental box truck carrying produce when he attempted to move to the left lane and lost control, police said.
Jones said the slippery road conditions were a contributing factor in the accident.
Crosier said the fire truck suffered extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene. He believes the truck is “pretty close to totaled.”
No major injuries were reported and no tickets were issued, he said.
He said a firefighter who was in the truck at the time of the accident was sent to the hospital as a precaution, but didn’t sustain any serious injuries.
“It could have been a lot worse than what it was,” the chief said.
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