Narrow, crumbling road at site of 2nd Shreveport fire truck crash

Published: Oct. 19, 2016 at 7:05 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2016 at 10:09 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - In the past two days, 2 Shreveport fire trucks have wrecked while on service calls.

The most recent latest happened just before midnight Tuesday in the 3000 block of Montana Street. That's in the city's MLK neighborhood.

One of the 3 firefighters aboard the truck was injured.

The first first truck crash happened 35 hours earlier. It overturned shortly before 12:30 p.m. Monday at Kings Highway at Linwood Avenue in Shreveport, injuring both firefighters on board.

In both incidents, the firefighters' injuries were described as minor.

The fire trucks likely had much more serious damage. Fire officials say those assessments are just now getting underway.

For the first time in recent memory, Shreveport police now are investigating 2 crashes of Shreveport fire trucks.

The most recent tip-over has what you might call the definition of extenuating circumstances. Namely, the crumbling road where it happened.

Fred Sanders, Assistant to the Fire Chief, explained at the scene overnight: "Montana is a narrow street. And they encountered another vehicle traveling southbound on Montana, which caused Engine 6 to get too close to the ditch. And they toppled over in the ditch at about 11:54 p.m."

Neighbors along the street told KSLA News 12 they're not surprised about the wreck, especially when there's absolutely no shoulder where the fire truck crashed. The road there is eroding. Then you have at least a 3-foot drop in some places.

In fact, residents said, there was a similar crash about a year ago.

"Hey, you got that right. I saw many of them go in there," said Connie Lee Daniels, or "Puddin'," as he is known to friends and neighbors.

In his 35 years of living on Montana Street, Daniels said, the ditch has just gotten deeper, the road narrower and traffic faster and faster.

"I've seen four or five cars go off in there."

Naomi Ivory, who lives a few hundred yards from the spot of the crash, said the area is even more treacherous in the dark with oncoming traffic. "I always take my time right there."

As for the fire truck driver, Ivory said, "I don't think it was the driver's fault."

City Council Chairman Willie Bradford, who represents the part of Shreveport where the wreck occurred, inspected the area after being called by KSLA News 12. He promised to notify the city about the road. Bradford also said it's not the worst spot in his district.

While it's being repaired, the wrecked fire truck has been replaced by a reserve engine for Fire Station 6.

As for the driver of the wrecked fire truck, Sanders said, "He is not the normal driver assigned to this area."

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