Broadway was closed
at 15th Street on Thursday for four hours, after the Chesterton Fire
Departmentís Engine 512--now 18 years old--threw its differential, when the
U-bolts securing the engineís rear axle failed.
happened at 10:30 a.m., Deputy Fire Chief Nate Williams told the
Chesterton Tribune today, while firefighters were conducting annual
Engine 512--a 2000
Pierce Saber and the CFDís main backup engine--was westbound at the time,
had just left the station, and was braking for the stop sign at 15th Street
when the U-bolts failed. The engine airbraked abruptly to a stop, jarring
loose the yoke of the differential, which dug into the asphalt below, taking
with it the drive shaft until that simply torqued off.
promptly closed to traffic, Williams said, ďand a lot of people had to be
diverted onto South 14th Street.Ē
A wrecker from
Joeís Towing Inc. was dispatched to the scene and Engine 512ís rear end
lifted, allowing the Street Department to remove the entire rear axle
assembly. Engine 512--with the rear axle on a separate flatbed--was
subsequently towed to Carlís Truck & Trailer Repair on U.S. Highway 20,
re-opened to traffic at 2:30 p.m.