Three police officers have been seriously hurt after falling off a transport truck leaving the massive boardwalk fire in Seaside Park, N.J.
The incident happened at O Street and Ocean Avenue in Seaside Park around 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says the Seaside Park Police officers were sitting on a bench in the back of a military-type rescue vehicle when the seats gave way and the officers tumbled onto the roadway.
Witness Robert Rochford says he saw the bench lift up and tumble off the side of the truck.
"EMS was working on anything between three and four officers on the ground," he told NBC10. "Just another slap in the face, but I hope they're going to be OK."
During a press briefing, Governor Chris Christie said two of the officers suffered head injuries.Two of the most seriously injured officers were airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center and another is being taken to the hospital by ambulance, officials said.
Officials say the officers, two men and one woman, were working overnight to secure the site of Thursday's boardwalk blaze.
The officer's conditions are unknown.
More than 400 firefighters and a number of other emergency personnel were called out to fight the four-block long fire that destroyed 50 businesses in both Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. Both towns were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy last October.
First published September 13 2013, 10:19 AM