Woman in Accident with Jacksonville (FL) Fire Apparatus Remains Critical

A 63-year-old woman remains in critical condition after her car was struck by a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue ladder truck Friday afternoon on the Northside.

Police said around 4:30 p.m. Friday, the fire engine, which had its lights and sirens on, drove through an intersection at Main Street and Tallulah Avenue en route to a call and struck Merebeth Calandro’s car, which was pulling out of a side street. Officials said the car drove westbound from a private road just south of Tallulah Avenue into the fire engine’s path.

Calandro, who had to be extracted from the vehicle, was taken to UF Health where she remains in critical condition.

Residents in the area said the intersection is dangerous because of how quickly the light changes from green to yellow to red. They said it takes only 10 seconds. They also said drivers have a hard time seeing oncoming traffic because of the angle of a building.

Jermaine Hudson works at First Choice Auto Detailing and witnessed the crash Friday. He said JFRD rescue workers were able to immediately help Calandro.

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