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Providence fire truck crashes into van, parked car at busy intersection

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By: Alexandra Cowley

Three people are thankful they're alive this afternoon, after a Providence fire truck plows through a busy intersection in front of La Salle Academy, smashing into a minivan before colliding into a parked car.

ABC 6 was the only news crew on scene at the intersection of Smith and Academy Avenue Tuesday morning. According to police, the fire truck ran the red light on Smith Street, striking a minivan and crashing into a parked car on Academy Avenue. The fire truck broke through the fence in front of La sSalle Academy, where it finally came to a stop.

It was a scary scenario for those involved. One man says the van came flying at him while he was unloading his truck, and Tristan Pennell, is grateful she wasn't in her car.

"Oh my gosh, I just thank the lord that I was not in this car, because I totally would have been at the hospital,"explained Pennell.

Dan Costa was unloading his truck when he saw the van barreling towards him. "I jumped out the way because the van was coming towards me so I jumped out of the way,"said Costa.

Chris Forrest's wife was driving the minivan that got hit.

Forrest said, "The fire truck came flying through the intersection, my wife had the green light, so she was just driving through it, and he crashed right into her."

The woman driving the minivan was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are investigating if the ladder truck had its lights and sirens on and whether or not it was responding to a call.

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