Authorities say a fire truck crashed in Charlotte last weekend because the driver could barely steer it after several bolts broke.
Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan said Tuesday in a news conference the bolts that failed attached the frame of the ladder truck to one of its axles.
The firefighters on Ladder 32 reported hearing a pop and feeling the truck sag before it crashed into a yard and overturned Sunday in south Charlotte. The driver suffered a hand injury but should recover.
Ladder 32 was built in 2003 and is one of the city’s oldest fire trucks. It was scheduled to be auctioned off this summer.
Hannan says he has ordered immediate inspections on any fire truck with over 10,000 engine hours. Ladder 32 had over 12,000 engine hours.