A heart attack patient died early Thursday after an FDNY ladder truck collided with the ambulance that was rushing him to the hospital in Brooklyn, according to police and fire officials.
The fire truck, Ladder 102, was heading to a nearby blaze when it slammed into the driver’s side of the ambulance at Myrtle and Throop avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before 1 a.m., officials said.
The impact caused the ambulance to spin around and strike the front of a 2004 Honda CRV with two adults inside, which was stopped at a traffic signal, cops said.
Jamil Almansouri, 59, who was in the ambulance and already on his way to Woodhull Medical Center for a heart attack, was pronounced dead at the hospital, cops said.
The city medical examiner’s office will officially determine his cause of death.
Almansouri’s 37-year-old sister, Ganna Ahmad, who was with him, is listed in critical condition at the same hospital, according to police and Ahmad’s 13-year-old son, Muhannad Hassan.
Ahmad’s husband was trying to reach his wife but got no response, thinking she lost her phone, according to Hassan. He jumped in a cab to go to the hospital and ran into the accident.
“They were pushing him back and he kept on saying, ‘My wife, my wife,’” the teen said.
Almansouri, affectionately called “Mike” by his loved ones, lived about half a mile from the scene in a three-story building above Mike’s Deli, a bodega that he owned.
Around midnight, Almansouri — who suffered from a heart condition — was complaining of chest pains, so the family called the ambulance, according to his nephew. Ahmad decided to go with him.
“He said, ‘I’m going to the doctor,” the teen said. “My mom is like, ‘I’m not going to leave you. I’m gonna come with you.’ She told me, ‘Just take [care] of your sisters and close the doors.’”
He went to the bed only to hear another uncle, Mustafa Ahmed, 42, banging on the door. Ahmed broke the tragic news to his nephew: “Mike is gone.”
The family rushed in a cab to the hospital, where Hassan said he saw Almansouri’s face.
“He was like, chubby,” the teen said. “He got, like, blood on his face, his eye was black and purple, and everywhere was purple and his face got like big. They just took him to the other room.”
Ahmad is in a coma, according to the family.
“My sister, right now I can see a picture of her [in my mind],” Ahmed said. “I’m sorry for her.”
“[Her] two hands [are] broken… both legs broken….. had nothing — no teeth,” he said. “Her back is broken too.”
Almansouri, from Yemen, moved to the US when he was a teenager, according to his nephew.
His wife is in Yemen, and he has three children in the US and four in Yemen.
“I looked up to my uncle ….because he was a strong man,” Hassan said. “If he had pain or something he would keep it inside of him.”
“He was loved by everyone,” he added. “He was nice to everybody. He let customers come into the house and gave them Arabic food.”
Two EMTs who were inside the ambulance — one who suffered a leg injury and another with various complaints of pain, were also injured. They went to Bellevue Hospital Center in stable condition, cops said.
Six firefighters inside the ladder truck, who complained of pain, were taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, all in stable condition.
The occupants of the Honda, who also complained of pain, were taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.