A good chunk of the U.S. is facing winter weather right now, with precipitation and cold temperatures turning the roads into skating rinks. That includes the roads in Imperial, Missouri, where a giant fire truck spun out of control down an icy hill, taking out a Chevy Cruze along the way, as seen in the following video. Despite the damage, the situation could have ended much worse if it weren’t for the quick thinking of the driver.
According to a recent report from local NBC affiliate KSDK, the incident occurred Monday morning in the 1700 block of Parkside Place, where the Rock Community Fire Protection District was on the scene after it was called out for a separate crash. According to the report, a blue Chevy Cruze had slid down the icy hill and collided with a parked car before it became lodged on a fire hydrant and electrical box.
While local residents waited for first responders after calling 911, a pickup truck also fell victim to the icy conditions, sliding down the hill out of control. Shortly after, the fire truck followed suit, pirouetting down the incline towards the collection of vehicles at the bottom.
Luckily, the fire truck driver managed to maneuver the massive vehicle in such a way as to minimize damage. No one was reportedly injured.
“We were immediately running over to check on them,” local resident Katelynn Voisey told KSDK. “If it wasn’t for the blue [Chevy Cruze] already being lodged in front of the tree and on the fire hydrant, I do think that the fire truck would have flipped once it hit the tree. In all honesty, it kind of turned out OK. He was a great driver.”
“No structures were damaged during the accident, and both the fire truck involved and the original car involved sustained minor damage,” a department spokesperson told KSDK.
Looking at the video, it’s wild to see the massive 50,000-pound fire truck spin down the icy hill. Check it out for yourself right here: