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Firefighter suffers serious personal injury while rescuing car accident victims

leg crushed in car accidentA FDNY firefighter was seriously injured while trying to rescue victims of a car crash in Manhattan during which the driver of a black BMW with “Medical Doctor” plates drove over the side of a white SUV.

On Sunday afternoon, around 3:20 pm. Matthew Wahn and his wife Randy from Bayside, Queens were on their way to grab some food in downtown Manhattan. As they were sitting  in their SUV, waiting at the red light at the intersection of West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue,  a black BMW literally drove  up on the side of their car.  Miraculously the couple was not injured and was able to exit their car. However firefighters had to be called to the  to free the occupants of the BMW and one them got seriously injured during the rescue.

The injured firefighter is Ryan Warnock who, just a week before, found the little boy under the boat that capsized in the Hudson River

Ryan Warnock, the same firefighter who dove and found the little boy under the boat that capsized in the Hudson River a week ago (see previous blog), was among the team of firefighters called to the rescue.  As they arrived at the scene of the accident, they started to stabilize the BMW to be able to safely rescue the occupants. After one of the occupants got out, for some unknown reason, the driver of the BMW hit the gas causing the car  to fall onto Ryan Warnock.

The firefighter was rushed to the hospital in serious condition where he is now being treated for a serious leg injury.

“How’s my driving” shows the driver of the BMW which had “Medical Doctor” plates had 26 previous violations

The BMW had Medical Doctor plate and, according to “How’s my driving” website, the vehicle accumulated more that 26 violations since 2013. Among them were 8 “speeding in school zone” violations and 1 “failure to stop at a red light”.

A witness identified as Ben Arias filmed the entire scene on his cellphone (see Youtube video below).