Hit-and-run causes Newark fire truck to overturn near Prudential Center on way to alarm

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Monday, July 31, 2023
Fire truck crashes with car near Prudential Center in Newark
The fire truck was responding to a fire when it crashed with a car near the Prudential Center in Newark.

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A Newark fire truck was responding to an alarm when a hit-and-run crash caused it to overturn near the Prudential Center Sunday night.

The truck crashed with a car at around 9:30 p.m. at Lafayette and Mulberry Streets.

Mulberry Street was closed following the accident but has since reopened.

A law enforcement source says after the crash into fire engine 5, the driver fled the scene on foot.

The source said the driver later checked himself in at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth for treatment of his injuries, leaving his two passengers behind in the crashed car.

They were taken to University Hospital.

Three firefighters were also hurt. All were said to have non-life-threatening injuries.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Crime Scene Investigations Bureau is continuing to investigate the crash.

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