2008_11_firetrucks.jpgA false alarm in the West Village turned into a real emergency when two fire trucks crashed into each other while both were responding to the call, an automatic alarm that went off at Grove Street and Waverly Place. The two units were caught off-guard because neither was coming from their respective houses when they collided as one was coming down 7th Avenue and while the other was heading eastbound on 10th Street. Twelve firefighters were hospitalized-- five seriously injured--in the crash that created a scene filled with black smoke (the collision caused a fire, prompting one witness to note, "They had to call a third truck to put out the fire"). A Gourmet Garage manager told the News, "The building shook. I've never seen anything like this. Glass broke and toilet paper fell."