LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving a Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) heavy rescue truck that rolled over on the eastbound 215 Beltway at the southbound I-15.
Four CCFD firefighters were transported to UMC with minor injuries. Three were treated and released and one is still being evaluated.
Fire officials said the weather was a factor in the rollover of the rescue truck. Light rain around the valley caused wet roads, and wind gusts over 40 mph were reported.
The eastbound 215 Beltway ramp to southbound I-15 has reopened, according to the RTC of Southern Nevada.
The fire truck was set upright by a heavy crane and then taken away by a tow truck.
The crash snarled traffic through a very busy interchange all morning as the ramp was closed. Traffic on the beltway was not interrupted, but the slowdown at the scene of the crash caused delays.
The closures lasted until just before noon, commuters were asked to find alternate routes.
The truck was on its way to a crash scene near I-15 and the 215 Beltway when it rolled. All personnel on the truck were wearing safety belts and were able to get out of the truck on their own, according to Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney.
“I don’t know how fast they were going,” Whitney said. “I’m assuming they had adjusted their response due to the rain. I mean, you have all seen traffic. Sometimes it locks up and you got to stop with it.”
The rollover crash that prompted the emergency response occurred just after 5:30 a.m. and involved only minor injuries, but a woman was taken to a hospital.
A person was reported trapped in the earlier crash, and Whitney said the fire truck crash did not cause any delay in rescuing the person in the first crash.
Check back for updates on this developing story.