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Several injured when fire truck crashes into Monterey Park restaurant

At least 14 people, including four firefighters, were injured Wednesday afternoon when two fire trucks collided in Monterey Park, sending one crashing into a restaurant, officials said.

No fatalities have been reported, but authorities are still determining the extent of all injuries, according to Monterey Park officials.

Few details were immediately available, but Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin said the trucks collided about 3:12 p.m. at the intersection of Garfield and Emerson avenues.

At least one person inside the Lu Dumpling House restaurant was injured, Mazelin said.

Television footage showed at least three people sitting up on stretchers being wheeled to nearby Garfield Medical Center.

The Alhambra Fire Department said one of its trucks was involved, but that a Monterey Park fire truck crashed into the restaurant. Officials did not immediately have information on what the trucks were responding to or what caused them to collide. 

Television footage also showed dozens of firefighters and police officers at the intersection by mid-afternoon, with triage tarps still in the street. The truck had crashed into a significant portion of the restaurant and was surrounded by rubble.

Streets in the area were closed until further notice, police said.


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