Fire Apparatus Recalled After Cause of Fatal Crash Revealed

There is a new recall out for the 2002 International 4800 truck, the same type of truck that Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel was driving when he crashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing himself and a family of five.

A Montana Highway Patrol investigation found a mechanical failure in the front drive train of the truck caused the driver to lose control and veer into oncoming traffic.

The MHP report was released and Navistar issued a new recall on Aug. 28. Navistar is the manufacturer of the International 4800 truck.

Navistar’s director of Corporate Communications, Steve Schrier, wrote in an e-mail that the crash involving the Three Forks Fire truck “may be related to a failure in the double Cardan Front drive shaft, the component for which we issued the voluntary recall in late- August.”

Unlike prior recalls, the new recall calls for a complete removal of the drive shaft while they work on a remedy. The recall went out in September and Navistar says all customers are in the process of implementing the recall.

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