Saturday, 2:15 PM
Firefighters discover loose lug nuts on truck's wheel
(George Rizer/Globe Staff)
Some lug nuts were in obvious need of tightening after a mechanic removed the covers.
By Globe Staff
Firefighters returning from a call in East Boston this morning thought they were getting a flat tire. When they inspected their wheels, they found that lug nuts on a front tire were loose.
The incident happened at about 11:30 a.m., said Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.
The firetruck stopped just outside its firehouse on Saratoga Street. A repair crew arrived, jacked up the truck, and tightened the lug nuts. The truck was back on the road about an hour later.
While the incident might seem minor, it happened as Fire Department maintenance practices are being scrutinized in the wake of the Jan. 9 crash of a ladder truck into a Mission Hill building that killed one firefighter. The Globe reported last month that a detailed inspection of Ladder 26 appeared to confirm what fire officials had suspected: The brakes failed.
"We'll investigate this and try to determine why it happened," MacDonald said of today's incident.