A Boston police officer driving his car to work collided with a Boston fire truck this afternoon in Mattapan.
Boston Fire Department Ladder 29 was on its way to a reported car accident, and had its lights and siren activated at about 3:40 p.m. When it reached the intersection of Harvard and Morton streets, it crashed with a silver sport utility vehicle driven by the police officer, said Steve MacDonald, a spokesman for the fire department.
The impact caused the ladder truck to swing around and crash into a traffic light, knocking it over, MacDonald said.
The police officer was taken to Boston Medical Center, and the firefighter driving the ladder truck was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for treatment. Both sustained non-life-threatening injuries, said Boston police spokesman Officer Eddy Chrispin. Their names were not released. The other three firefighters riding in the truck were uninjured.
The SUV, which is the officer's personal vehicle, was badly damaged. The fire truck sustained less severe damage, including front bumper damage from striking the traffic signal, MacDonald said.
The vehicles were towed away, but the crash tied up traffic in the area during today's rush hour. Gridlock was reported in the area shortly after the accident, as the fire truck blocked one side of the road, and responding emergency units, including Boston EMS ambulances and State and local police officers, blocked other parts of the roadway.
Ladder 29 is an aerial ladder truck manufactured by E-ONE of Ocala, Fla. The department keeps a number of older, unused ladder trucks in reserve, one of which will be used to fill in for Ladder 29 while it is repaired.
There was no immediate word on what caused the crash or who crashed into whom. Boston police are investigating.
Martin Finucane of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.
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