Five Injured in Firetruck Accident on Main Street in East Orange, NJ
East Orange, NJ -- June 7, 2022, five people were injured after an accident where a firetruck and a dump truck crashed along Main Street.
According to initial reports, officials said that the crash took place at around noon just off Main Street and Lincoln Street.
Investigators said that a firetruck, a dump truck, and a car reportedly crashed. This caused the firetruck and dump truck to hop the curb and crash into the Olive May Natural Foods store.
Due to the crash, five people were injured, three of which were firefighters. The cause of the crash is still under investigation at this time.
Commentary on Firetruck Accident on Main Street in East Orange
It's not entirely clear what happened here, but a crash sending a firetruck into the side of a building is certainly going to raise eyebrows. The main concern I have with multi-vehicle wrecks like this is that they often become chaotic simply due to the companies involved.
With a crash like this, there will likely be three insurance companies, the owner of the dump truck, and the city or county the firefighters work for. With all of those entities all trying to put responsibility on each other, it's easy to see why the victims and families can get drowned out in all the noise. Making their voices heard, then, requires extensive steps to gather evidence. Whatever blame-shifting goes on, few things speak as loudly as the facts.
That's why I always encourage folks to ensure they can get those facts and to seek out the necessary tools and strategies to utilize those facts to the fullest extent. As complex as these crashes can be, victims and families can get the help they need. They just need to take the steps to anticipate and overcome the barrier that will no doubt stand in their way.