An off-duty Boston police officer was seriously injured and four firefighters were also hurt when a Boston fire truck was involved in a crash and slammed into a bank less than a mile away from a fire scene early Thursday morning.
The fire truck crashed into a Bank of America around 2:26 a.m. at the intersection of Talbot Avenue and Washington Street in Dorchester. A Jeep was also involved in the crash.
Boston police said the fire truck collided with another vehicle operated by an off-duty Boston police officer, who suffered life-threatening injuries. Four Boston firefighters who were in the fire truck were also taken to a local hospital but their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Surveillance video captured the crash between the officer's SUV and and the fire truck at the center of an intersection.
Mayor Marty Walsh said he and Police Commissioner William Gross visited the officer in the hospital Thursday.
"His injuries are serious and both he and his family need our prayers right now in the city," Walsh said at a news conference.
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Crews were battling a serious fire at Charlie's Pizza that caused an estimated $300,000 worth of damage. The two-alarm fire broke out at approximately 2:20 a.m. at 1740 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester.
It remains unclear if the fire truck that crashed was responding to the pizza shop fire.
Codman Square was temporarily shut down as a result of the accident scene and subsequent investigation.
The crash was under investigation by Boston police.