Fatal Mont. Fire Truck Crash Caused By Mechanical Failure

August 13, 2014

A fiery crash involving a City of Three Forks (Mont.) fire truck and pickup truck that killed six including the city's fire chief was the result of a mechanical failure, investigators said.

A nearly two-month investigation by the Montana Highway Patrol concluded that the 2002 International fire engine's front drivetrain caused Chief Todd Rummel to lose control of the vehicle on June 19. The truck struck a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck carrying a family of five in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 12.

The collision caused a puncture in the fire engine's diesel fuel tank, spraying fuel and engulfing both vehicles in flames, reports the Associated Press.


  1. 1. Anthony Bulygo [ August 15, 2014 @ 08:43AM ]

    If memory serves me, this model of International 4X4 has had the forward driveline issue for many years and a safety bulletin was issued years ago. A safety recommendation stated that safety driveline hoops be installed and that the universal joint or constant velocity universal joint be inspected regularly. The problem with the CV Joint was that the center orbit bearing had no provision for lubrication. Again, this is from memory and I have not located the bulletin.

  2. 2. Randy Ricks [ August 18, 2014 @ 08:07AM ]



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