A New Haven Fire Department Emergency Medical Services truck almost crashed into a white Dodge Caravan driving at the intersection of Chapel and Park streets at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, an eyewitness said. To avoid the collision, both vehicles swerved in different directions; the truck crashed into a tree, while the white car collided with a street pole.

Ahmed Assef, 36, night manager for the neighboring pizza parlor Est Est Est, said it was unclear which vehicle caused the accident. Pedestrians and businessowners watched as a gurney took an injured victim from the white Dodge into an ambulance.