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Santa Crashes Through Wall, Tearing Down Structure and Terrifying Kids

December 16, 1990

CLAY, N.Y. (AP) _ A firefighter driving Santa to a Christmas party at a fire station Saturday crashed a fire truck through a station wall, injuring 11 people.

The injured, including a 2-month old baby, were taken to hospitals, police dispatcher Steve Mauser said.

Most seriously hurt were a 37-year-old mother and her 5-year-old son. Both were hospitalized with fractures and internal bleeding.

The truck driver, Richard Chicallo, 27, told police the gasoline pedal stuck, forcing the vehicle to surge forward.

The truck hit two cars parked outside the Moyers Corners Fire Department in the Syracuse suburb of Clay, sending one car through the wall ahead of the truck and into a banquet room, startling 50 people waiting for Santa to appear through the door, Mauser said

The party was attended by firefighters and their families.

″I don’t think the kids knew what was going on. They were shocked,″ Mauser said.

Chicallo and the hired Santa, 25-year-old David Evans, were not injured. Police were investigating the accident. No charges were filed.

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