I-70 closes after multiple semis, fire truck wreck in Warren County


by KMOV.com Staff


Posted on March 1, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 5:54 PM

(KMOV.com) --  Icy roads are being blamed for totaling a half million dollar piece of equipment.

One fire department is trying to figure out how it’s going to replace a firetruck.

Warrenton Fire Protection District Chief Michael Owenby said there’s no doubt the department will feel the impact.

A reserve truck is being put back into service and the department will look to neighboring departments for help if needed.

Inside, the truck sits ready to be considered totaled  by the insurance company.

Saturday night shortly after 7:00 p.m., while St. Louis was waiting for the snow, sleet was already coming down in Warren County leaving roads ice-covered.

The truck was on its way to an accident on I-70 when it fishtailed. The back wheels went off the road and dug into the dirt. It then rolled and landed on its side.

The three firefighters were belted in and suffered only minor injuries.

“Unfortunately, a replacement truck is anywhere from eight months to a year,” said Owenby. “To get one by the time it gets ordered and delivered could be upwards of a year.”

The department goes on 600-700 calls a year and covers not only Warrenton but much of Warren County as well as calls in Lincoln and Montgomery Counties. 

A new truck is more than half a million dollars. Insurance will cover about $325,000.

The fire protection district will have to make up the rest.

“We still have adequate equipment to respond to any call we get,” Owenby said. “It may not be as new as this truck was.”

The chief said that they had ordered a new truck to replace one of the older ones but that one isn’t due to be delivered until December.

As far as the accident, he said his first thought was about the firefighters; adding the equipment can be replaced, the people can’t.