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Published January 23, 2012, 06:59 PM

Rothsay fire truck damaged in Sunday accident

Rothsay, MN (WDAY TV) - A critical piece of equipment for the Rothsay Fire Department has been damaged. A fire truck on the scene of an accident Sunday was hit by a vehicle.

A critical piece of equipment for the Rothsay Fire Department has been damaged. A fire truck on the scene of an accident Sunday was hit by a vehicle. Crews are thankful no lives were lost, but their jobs have been made a lot harder.

Shortly after responding to an accident involving a semi and a pickup on I-94, the Rothsay Fire Department found itself part of another accident.

Chief Patrick Jensen – Rothsay Fire Department: "And I'd just turned around to get a patient update so I looked at the back of our rescue van and I saw the car sliding sideways towards the truck."

The fire truck was parked behind a rescue vehicle. With firemen standing just a few feet away, a Saturn braked, slid out of control and rammed into the back of the truck. No one was inside the truck.

Assistant Chief Kevin Watterud – Rothsay Fire Department: "I heard over the radio one of the fire trucks had been hit, rear-ended and the first thing you think are the firemen that are out there that are risking their lives to help people."

This twisted metal shows you how the car rear-ended this truck. While the accident doesn't look too severe, inside it's a whole different story."

Chief Patrick Jensen: "It pushed everything forward on this side making the doors hard to open."

While the truck is drivable, the service body containing pumps, air packs, and other tools will have to be replaced. Insurance is expected the cover the estimated $30,000 of repairs.

Chief Kevin Watterud: "Real inconvenient, it's our first response truck so not having the tools the jaws right in there at the scene with the rescue squad, it's going make us put one more vehicle up there now."

Once the truck is under repair, it'll be out of commission for at least two months. During that period, the department may have to rent a replacement using money from its budget of about $29,000.

Chief Kevin Watterud: "We're just a small town here so our budget is not like Minneapolis or the big cities where the cities give them a good budget."

Despite the extra expense and inconvenience, firefighters are just thankful no one was seriously injured. They hope this incident teaches drivers to slow down at the scene of an accident - especially when it's slick.

The passenger in the Saturn suffered non-life threatening injuries. After the fire truck was hit, authorities closed down I-94, only to respond to another accident in which a car rear-ended a semi. There were no injuries in that case.

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