A Great Falls police officer scratches his head as first responders from Great Falls Fire Rescue respond to the crash at 229 Skyline Drive NE. (Photo: David Murray)
A mid-size pickup truck smashed through a fire hydrant and careened across several yards Thursday afternoon, before taking out a split rail fence, diving off an embankment and landing on the front porch of a home on Skyline Drive.
The male driver of the pickup was taken from the crash scene wrapped in a head bandage, but appeared to be conscious and alert. The crash occurred around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, with the truck coming to rest in the driveway at 229 Skyline Drive N.E.
“I didn’t see anything, but I sure heard it,” said Dale Sprout, an area resident who was in his home at the time of the crash. “Engine roars, then a ‘boom’ – I assume when he hit that hydrant. I didn’t really realize anything until I noticed that the fire hydrant was gone.”
The initial emergency dispatch call reported the possibility of a ruptured natural gas line at the crash site.
“When the vehicle hit the corner of the foundation, it split,” explained next door neighbor Jason Merriman. “Parts of the vehicle went up and hit the gas line and fractured it. The fire department got here and they shut that down right away.”
Great Falls police have not yet reported the cause of the crash, and it was not immediately known if there were additional injuries Thursday afternoon.
David Murray is Natural Resources/Outdoors reporter for the Great Falls Tribune. To contact him with comments or story ideas; email at email@example.com or call (406) 791-6574. To support his work, subscribe today and get a special offer.
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