Several weeks after being injured in a collision between two Fort Shaw fire trucks responding to a grass fire near Vaughn, Montana, Fire Chief Anderson passed away in Peace Hospice of Great Falls. According to media reports, Montana Highway Patrol said the driver of the other truck, a brush truck, missed a turnoff en route to the fire and was making a U-turn when Anderson crashed into him. The water tender (tanker) truck driven by Anderson tipped on its side and Anderson had to be extricated from the wreck. He was then transported to the hospital by ambulance. Anderson was later transferred to a Billings rehabilitation facility that specializes in traumatic brain injury, and then transferred to Peace Hospice. The driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident was not injured.
Incident Location: Hwy 89 near Vaughn, MT (U.S. National Grid: 12T VT 578 669)
Fort Shaw Fire Department
P.O. Box #68, 140 Campbell Street
U.S. National Grid: 12T VT 387 620
Fort Shaw, Montana 59443
Chief: Assist Chief/Acting Chief Craig Askeland
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.