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Fire Trucks Recalled After Fatal Crash

Brigitte Barrera2 years ago

Fire trucks are now being recalled after authorities conclude that a serious mechanical problem caused an accident that killed 6 people.

Details of the Fatal Fire Truck Accident

According to reports by the Associated Press, the accident occurred near Helana, Montana on U.S. Highway 12.  

On June 19th, Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel was driving from Helana to Three Forks in a 2002 International fire truck. As Rummel was driving down the highway, the component which powers the wheels, known as the drivetrain, failed and caused one of the wheels to freeze up.

The fire truck veered into oncoming traffic and hit a pickup truck head-on. The driver of the pickup, Matthew Boegli, attempted to avoid the fire truck, but was unable to. The accident resulted in Rummel’s death. Boegli, his wife, Crystal Ross, and their three children were also killed.

Boegli’s toxicology report did show traces of methamphetamine in his system; however, this was ruled as not being a factor of the accident.

Montana Highway Patrol investigators released their findings sometime in August. Two weeks after authorities released their report, the company released a recall announcement.

About The Navistar Recall

Navistar Inc. released a recall announcement after an investigation that found the drivetrain was responsible for 5 accidents since 2008, not including the above mentioned accident.

International 4800 Trucks manufactured in June 1999 to May 2002 with Fabco TC-200 transfer cases are affected by the recall.

The driveshaft on these vehicles can separate causing a double Cardan joint to stop working, stopping the axle.

Currently, there is no solution for the defect, but the company is working to fix the issue. Consumers will be notified immediately once a solution is found. Dealers are currently removing defective drivetrains for safety precautions.


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