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SFD truck damaged in interstate accident

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By Stephen Thomas

  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A vehicle fire on Interstate 65 led to a damaged firetruck late Thursday night.

Shepherdsville and Zoneton Fire units responded to the fire located on northbound I-65 at the 118 mile marker.

Three SFD units arrived first on the scene in Engine 1, a 2007 Seagrave. Chief Layne Troutman said the truck was SFD's newest model.

According to Troutman, the truck maneuvered around traffic in the emergency lane before pulling up at the incident scene, parking in the right-hand and middle lanes (the vehicle on fire was parked in the emergency lane).

"They were just taking their safety belts off when they were struck," Troutman said. The contact occurred on the fire truck's rear driver's side corner.

Asst. Chief Terry Whittaker said the tractor-trailer was operated by Timothy Mailranz of Francisco, Ind.

Troutman said the tractor-trailer's speed was estimated between 45-50 MPH by Kentucky State Police units.

No injuries were reported. Troutman said firefighters were able to use the truck to continue controlling the fire.

Whittaker said KSP's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement team was continuing to investigate. No charges have been issued.

Troutman said the truck would need to be shipped out of state for the company to determine the amount of damages and potential insurance coverage. He said the SFD should know within a couple of weeks.

SFD owns a total of six larger firetrucks, with two currently in service. The incident leaves the department with three functional trucks, including a ladder truck.

The two trucks currently in service are both ladder trucks. Troutman said both should be ready for use within about a month. One of the trucks was involved in an accident while responding to a call on May 27.

In an event where more truck power is necessary in an emergency, Troutman said other county departments would be dispatched for mutual aid.

"Usually it's whoever is closest," Troutman added.