CARLSTADT, N.J. -- Four members of the Moonachie First Aid & Rescue Squad were hospitalized with various broken bones Friday night after their rig was sent head-on into a car and tractor-trailer in Carlstadt near MetLife Stadium.
Responders had to cut the driver and front-seat passenger out of the rig ambulance the crash on Washington Avenue outside Redd's restaurant around 7:45 p.m.
The quartet was headed to a mutual aid call moments before a preseason football game between the Giants and Dolphins was beginning up the road when a minivan cab suddenly turned to enter a service station lot, cutting them off, the squad's Franklin Smith told Daily Voice.
"They clipped him and were sent across the double-yellow into oncoming traffic," Smith said.
"It was a nightmare," he said. "We have people with all kinds of breaks -- broken arm, broken clavicle, broken jaw. It's pretty bad."
None of the injuries was life-threatening, Smith said.
An occupant in the car and the tractor-trailer driver were hospitalized, as well, he said, adding that the cab driver declined to be hospitalized.
New Jersey State Police were there immediately and were quickly joined by NJ Sports and Exposition Authority/Meadowlands EMS, who helped the two other crew members out of the back of their rig, and Carlstadt police, among other responders.