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Update: 5 Fire Volunteers Injured After Car and Ambulance Collide

The crash occurred around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday on Sunrise Highway; all of the injured are out of the hospital as of Thursday, according to fire chief.

Five Lynbrook Department volunteers were injured and all have been released from a local hospital as of Thursday after a car collided with an ambulance on Sunrise Highway in Lynbrook Tuesday around 4:40 p.m.

Lynbrook Mayor William Hendrick confirmed the accident and injuries to a large crowd at the Chamber of Commerce meeting at The Bristal in Lynbrook Tuesday night.

The volunteers injured, as young as 18 years old, were on their way back from an accident when a Hyundai failed to stop at the intersection on Vincent Avenue and crashed into them, Hendrick said.

"Most of these volunteers have family in the fire department," Hendrick said.

The injuries sustained ranged from bruises to a neck injury and a separated shoulder, Hendrick said.

Lynbrook Fire Chief Michael Hynes confirmed on Thursday that all injured volunteers have been released from the hospital, and that the accident is currently under investigation.

Jason October 25, 2011 at 10:51 PM
It is a very dangerous location as one of very very few on Sunrise Hwy intersection w/o a traffic light?? A few months back a block east someone thought a left turn signal at Denton and Sunrise would be a good Idea,maybe so, although Vincent w/o any light at all was ignored??? It doesn't make sense as this accident proves. This entire Lynbrook area has an archaic traffic light system. Just a few blocks away on Merrick rd and Ocean Ave drivers collide regularly as it cannot handle the traffic with its 1950s design. It, for some strange reason has a left turn signal southbound only while cars race to beat the oncoming traffic northbound w/o a left turn signal.Many do not make it??? Budgetary excuses year in and out are the excuses given,although even in good economic times these areas were dangerous with frequent collisions? Seems as our local legislators as well as congress are unable or unwilling to do the right thing while they enjoy their good life with generous salaries and perks. Meanwhile who suffers?
icarumba October 26, 2011 at 01:54 AM
lynbrook's archaic traffic light system in the least of the issues facing lynbrook. the roads simply werent designed for todays traffic conditions. factor in all the distractions and road rage; its a wonder we dont have 100 times more crashes than we do now. i have a feeling that the timing of the lights has been changed- the yellows seem to be shorter before they turn to red.
Jason October 26, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Yes, that's was my 1950 design point. It has no bearing though on the traffic light system which needs to be upgraded desperately. Left turns on Sunrise Hwy westbound at Atlantic ave, as well as Broadway, in Lynbrook, too, are a accident in the making as the timing needs to be adjusted for the rush hours traffic which is a technology available today. So many areas, to many to mention, particularly in our area are outdated. Those, too, are too careless using their electronic devices while driving are responsible.

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