A man escaped without loss of life or limb after rolling a bulldozer west of Crystal Springs at the Boyden Pit, owned by Beatrice Concrete. The dozer, which rested upright on its blade, caught fire, sparking a quick response from area firefighters.
Judd Stewart, Assistant Fire Chief for the Fairbury Rural Fire Department, explained that they received a call about a bulldozer being engulfed in flames.
“When in route, the Fairbury City Fire Department responded and notified everyone that the dozer was on its nose and had gone over backwards,” said Stewart. “When we got on scene, the dozer was fully involved.”
Stewart explained that the firefighters were able to contain the blaze in a matter of a few minutes. With the help of workers at the pit, they were able to roll the dozer back onto its tracks. The firefighters sprayed it with foam to prevent any fuel left in the vehicle from igniting.
Here is a video clip of workers pushing the dozer back onto its tracks:
“It was a pretty quick containment,” Stewart said. “The only issue we ran into was the terrain and the instability of the machine. We couldn’t safely get people close enough to the machine. We asked the NebCo guys to help us get the machine uprighted. They came in with a front loader and pushed it back onto its tracks so we could contain the hydraulic oil and fuel that was still spreading.”
The bulldozer is a total loss, Stewart believes. He is grateful that no one was injured during the incident. He believes that having members of the Fairbury City Fire Department there helped to contain the fire more quickly.
“We had a great response from everyone,” said Stewart. “The mutual aid with the Fairbury City Fire Department worked well. While we were here, we also had a call from Emergency Management, who was watching the scene from a camera on a nearby tower. They kept us abreast of the situation.”