Crews monitor propane leak after truck rollover south of Butte


BUTTE, Mont. - The Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department and representatives from a propane company continue to work at the scene of the tanker crash on Little Basin Creek Road near Butte Wednesday.

Sheriff Ed Lester says the road will be open for normal traffic by about 9 p.m.

Bill Fisher, with the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department, says his crew spent the day waiting for the gas to burn off before tipping the truck onto its wheels.

"Propane is very explosive and very flammable, so we are trying to isolate the source and keep it away from any ignition sources," Fisher said.

The truck is expected to remain at the scene "for some time," according to Lester.

"Even though its an inconvenience to the public we don't want to risk any lives," Fisher said. "We are going to mitigate the situation slowly, and we are prepared to stay here until Thursday."

Officials are not sure what caused the accident, but one Butte resident who lives near the scene says she may have an idea.

"The road itself is an awful road, and people just fly down it anyway," said Butte resident Rebecca Burke.

NBC Montana will continue to post updates on this developing story.