The Main-Transit Fire Department of Amherst, NY was alerted to an injury accident at the Main-Transit Fire Station 1, 6777 Main Street, Amherst. The crash was reported on Monday, August 29, 2011 at 12:38 am. A car had struck 3 of the 6 Fire Station bays and extrication was required. Main-Transit Firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate a 51 yr old male from Buffalo. The male was taken to Erie County Medical Center by Twin City Ambulance with multiple injuries. 3 of the 6 fire trucks were damaged as well as support columns, brick pillars, roof structure and the front glass bay doors.
Fire Chief Jon Kemp commanded 40 Main-Transit Firefighters and there were no reported injuries. Fire Chief Kemp is assessing the damage estimate but it is expected to be several hundred thousand dollars. The Main-Transit Fire Department is still in service and has already responded to 2 additional calls while the fire station was being shored up. The Amherst Police Department Accident Investigation unit is investigating the cause of the early morning crash.
Main-Transit Fire Department was assisted by the Amherst Central Fire Alarm Office, Amherst Police, Amherst Fire Inspector Rick Andrews, Amherst Building Inspector Doug Gesel, Amherst Building Commissioner Thomas Ketchum, Amherst Highway Department, Amherst Highway Superintendent Robert Anderson and Twin City Ambulance.
If there are any further questions which may be answered by phone, please call Fire Chief Jon Kemp at 716-632-9710. Thank you in advance!
Carl O. Fischer, Jr.
Public Information Officer
Main-Transit Fire Department
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