A Billings (MT) Fire Department fire engine crashed shortly after 8 a.m. Friday morning in Lockwood while responding to an accident on Interstate 90.
The truck, with three firefighters inside, lost control on an icy bend on Highway 87 East and slid into a curb, causing the truck to tip and land on its side, Battalion Chief Darrek Mitchell said.
The truck came to a rest just off the road near the Town Pump, and equipment and glass was scattered on the road.
Mitchell, who was in another vehicle and witnessed the accident, said road conditions were terrible as snow began to fall this morning.
“I cannot tell you how slick it was,” he said.
All three firefighters were sent to the hospital as a precaution, though Mitchell said none reported any serious injuries.
For about two hours following the accident, firefighters and others stripped the fire truck of useful and sensitive equipment to bring back to the station while tow truck operators prepared to upright the vehicle.
Mitchell asked drivers to use caution as Billings finally begins to see heavy snow and icy conditions this weekend.
“We haven’t had a busy winter yet,” he said, “but today the streets are slick.”
“Take your time, give people space and be patient,” he continued. “And if you can, stay home, relax and enjoy your weekend.”
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