Traffic flowing again on Blue Creek Road after propane truck crash

2014-03-14T13:01:00Z 2014-03-17T09:11:05Z Traffic flowing again on Blue Creek Road after propane truck crashGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
March 14, 2014 1:01 pm  • 

Blue Creek Road was closed for part of Friday after a propane delivery truck crashed shortly after noon at the intersection of Blue Creek Road and Hillcrest Road.

The accident happened at 12:15 p.m., when the driver of a propane truck was unable to stop at a stop sign while heading east on Hillcrest Road, said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Toman Baukema. The truck crossed Blue Creek Road and crashed, rolling onto the driver's side, he said.

The driver, Monte Krumm, 49, of Ballantine, an employee of Valley Farmers Supply in Worden, climbed out of the truck, was checked out at the scene and declined medical help, Baukema said. Krumm had some abrasions, he said.

Krumm said the truck had a mechanical failure, according to Baukema. Montana Motor Carrier Services, a division of the Montana Department of Transportation, will be doing a mechanical evaluation of the truck, the trooper said.

The truck was filled to about half its 3,000-gallon capacity of liquid propane when it crashed, Baukema said. Leaking propane dissipated once it reached the air, he said.

Emergency crews were able to shut off the leak. Duane Winslow, Yellowstone County Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator, said the dissipating gas should not cause any environmental impacts.

The Blue Creek Fire Department, along with the Billings Fire Department and its hazardous materials crew, responded to the scene to help with cleanup.

The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office also responded. Sheriff Mike Linder said nearby residents were notified of the accident but no evacuations were ordered.

Baukema said alcohol was not a factor and that the accident is under investigation.

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