A nearly $350,000 fire truck delivered last month to a West Texas fire department has gone up in flames during a test drive to check the brakes.
Snyder Fire Chief Perry Westmoreland said Friday that the new pumper truck was destroyed a day earlier in Abilene.
Westmoreland says the rig, put into service June 19, was driven Thursday to a Freightliner dealer for warranty work. He says a mechanic and a driver took the truck out to evaluate the brakes when they heard a boom, got out and saw a rear tire on fire. The flames then spread. Nobody was hurt.
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Westmoreland says fire officials in Snyder, 80 miles southeast of Lubbock, are dealing with insurance issues as they work to rent a replacement truck. The department has more than 20 other firefighting vehicles.