Canarsie

Firetruck sucked into Brooklyn sinkhole, 2 injured

FDNY’s Engine Co. 257, based in Canarsie

April 21, 2015 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The enormous sinkhole opened on Linden Blvd., directly in front of Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn. Photo: Map data ©2015 Google

A firetruck became mired in an enormous sinkhole that suddenly opened under its wheels at Linden Blvd. and Rockaway Parkway in Brownsville Tuesday morning, sending two firefighters to the hospital.

An FDNY spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle that the sinkhole appeared at 1235 Linden Blvd., directly in front of Brookdale Hospital.

The injured firefighters, working out of Canarsie-based Engine Co. 257, suffered minor injuries. They were sent to Kings County Hospital for treatment.

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The company was not on a fire run at the time, according to FDNY.

The incident was called in at 11:07 a.m.

In November 2012, trucks from Engine 257 and Ladder 170, responding to the same 911 call, collided at Avenue J and East 103rd Street in Canarsie, causing 11 injuries, according to the New York Post.

Sinkholes aren’t a new phenomenon in Brooklyn. Three years ago, 11 families had to be evacuated in Bay Ridge after a giant 50-foot crater opened on 92nd Street between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard.


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