Mike Wilbur


SANBORN—A collision Thursday, Oct. 8, in Sanborn hospitalized the drivers of a Sanborn Fire & Rescue water tanker and tractor-trailer belonging to B&M Concrete of Hull.

The crash happened at about 4:15 p.m. at the west intersection of highway 18 and 59 as the 3,500-gallon tanker was en route to a combine fire about a mile and a half northeast of Sanborn.

Sanborn fire chief Randy Lyman said his was the only fire department that was responding to the fire at first and that a quick-attack pumper had gone on ahead of the tanker.

“The tanker was going through the intersection before the quick-attack and it got hit, so then with the accident, we called Melvin to respond with Primghar being out of service,” Lyman said.

Primghar Volunteer Fire & Rescue was responding to a separate fire at the time.

The quick-attack pumper was able to get the fire under control and therefore called off the assistance from the Melvin Fire Department.

The driver of the tanker was released from hospitalization at about 8 p.m. Thursday.

The tanker was a total loss as a result from the collision, and Lyman said the Primghar and Sheldon departments already have offered to lend their tankers to the Sanborn department when it needs one.

The Sanborn department also is looking into finding a tanker to rent for the time being.

“We’ll have to see what we can find. We’re in the process of doing some calls now, so that’s what we’re doing at this moment,” Lyman said.

“Hopefully, we don’t get any big fires that we need to haul water.”

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