Feb. 26 – An Oakland Fire Department ladder truck crashed into an apartment building near Lake Merritt in Oakland on Saturday, tearing through the main floor entrance and injuring three firefighters.

The crash happened around 12:45 p.m. at the corner of Grand Avenue and Perkins Street after a ladder truck en route to a structure fire veered to avoid colliding with another vehicle, according to the Oakland Fire Department spokesman Michael Hunt.

Three firefighters suffered minor to moderate injuries and were taken to Highland Hospital, Hunt said. No pedestrians or residents of the damaged building were injured in the crash.

Law enforcement is searching for the other vehicle involved and is asking witnesses to provide video evidence to help determine the cause of the crash, Hunt said.

The accident ruptured a water main, flooding the building’s basement, Hunt said, and it’s possible tenants will be temporarily relocated while inspectors make sure it’s structurally sound.

Witnesses reported hearing the siren of fire trucks, then loud brakes and a crash.

“A bunch of good Samaritans rushed in to try and help,” said Samuel Robinson, who saw the end of the crash. “It was a bit wild.”

Joaquin Palomino is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @JoaquinPalomino

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