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A tractor-trailer veered off a Staten Island road early Monday and careened into three homes, causing extensive damage
It's not clear what caused the crash, which left a civilian and a firefighter with non life-threatening injuries
More than a dozen emergency vehicles responded to the twisted wreckage; utilities for the affected homes had to be shut off
A tractor-trailer somehow veered off a Staten Island road and smashed into three homes early Monday, shredding at least one of those residences as more than a dozen emergency vehicles and firefighters cordoned off the scene.
A civilian and a firefighter suffered non life-threatening injuries in the metal-twisting wreck on South Avenue in Mariners Harbor shortly before 6 a.m. It wasn't clear if the injured civilian was the truck driver, nor was a cause of the accident immediately clear.
The tractor-trailer appeared to be carrying some sort of steel.
Fire officials say crews were draining diesel fuel from the tractor-trailer as a precaution; utilities for the affected homes were shut off.
A spokesperson for the Department of Buildings said none of the affected homes are in danger of collapse, but the department did issue a partial vacate order for two of them. One of those had damage to its front and its porch, the other had damage to the front entry foyer. A third house also had damage to the front entry foyer, while a fourth property saw damage to the driveway and fence.