- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) - Authorities say an accident in Coventry sent one person to the hospital and seriously damaged a Central Coventry Fire Department truck, which narrowly missed hitting an auto mechanic shop.

Police Col. John MacDonald says the crash occurred at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when the fire truck was unable to avoid a collision with a vehicle that had entered the intersection of Tioga Avenue and Hopkins Hill Road.

Officials say the fire truck was headed to a medical emergency and had its lights and sirens activated at the time of the accident.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to Kent Hospital for treatment of injuries that aren’t life-threatening. No firefighters were injured.

Fire Chief Peter Lamb says the damaged truck is the station’s reserve engine.

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