6 killed in fiery Montana crash

Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A fire engine and a pickup truck collided on a highway in southwestern Montana, causing an explosion and fire that killed six people, including a fire chief and three Helena children.

There were no survivors.

A Three Forks fire engine heading east on U.S. Highway 12 collided with a westbound pickup around 9 p.m. Thursday about 10 miles east of Helena, forcing both vehicles into the ditch, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Gleich said.

The vehicles immediately caught fire, and Gleich said the wreckage "was just all melted together," witnesses said.

"You've got fuel tanks on the fire truck. You've got fuel tanks on the pickup," Gleich told the Independent Record. "All of that would've been enough to start a car on fire."

Montana Highway Patrol Capt. Gary Becker said the crash killed the driver of the fire truck along with a Helena couple and their three children in the pickup truck.

Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel was one of the victims, the Gallatin County sheriff's office said. The names and ages of the others involved haven't been released.

The road remained closed Friday morning as the investigation continued.

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