An Anderson Fire District water tender was destroyed after it crashed on its way to help CAL FIRE in western Shasta County.
The truck, which the Anderson fire chief says costs about $200,000, rolled over on Gas Point Road near Black Pine Road around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Two people were inside and both had only minor injuries. They were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
The chief also said the two people were very fortuante to walk away because the cab had been crushed.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating how the crash happened. However, the fire chief said the driver seemed to have lost control and part of the roadway buckled underneath the truck. They do not know if speed or other drivers were a factor at this point.
It took several hours for a tow truck to pull the water tender upright again. The fire chief says it weighs around 40,000 pounds without water.
The engineer has been with the department for about two years. The truck is about five-years-old.