Staten Island Crash Kills One, Injures More Than a Dozen


Posted on Mar 24, 2011

A serious accident took the life of one man and injured 14 more on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. The accident occurred shortly after noon at the Richmond Road/Burgher Avenue intersection in Staten Island.

There were two vehicles involved in this crash. One was a fire truck from Ladder 81 responding to a call, and the other was a van operated by Lifestyles for the Disabled. The fire truck went through the red light with its sirens on and allegedly sideswiped the van that was making a left on a green light.

The crash caused the van to hit a retaining wall. One person was ejected from the van and one was trapped inside the van. He was rescued by the firefighters.

There were nine people aboard the van. One person, a 51-year-old man with developmental disabilities, was killed. The other eight people are reported to be in stable condition. Six firefighters suffered minor injuries in the crash, and all are expected to recover.

The man who lost his life is reported to have participated in the Special Olympics. His name has not yet been released. We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and everyone at the Lifestyles for the Disabled who is affected by his death. We also extend our best wishes for a full and quick recovery to the firefighters and passengers of the van who were hurt in this Staten Island accident.

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