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Montana Accidents

May 13, 2009

Three people hurt in rollover crash near Lolo.  Authorities, say the three people that were in the vehicle were on their way back from Lochsa Lodge in Idaho when the driver fell asleep.  The two passengers told authorities that the driver fell asleep causing the vehicle to veer off the road, roll 3 ½ times before coming to a rest on its roof in a ditch.  The three were taken to Community Medical Center in Missoula with minor injuries.  All three people were wearing their seatbelts. 

Thirty-four year old Cory Charette died in rollover accident.  Authorities say that Charette’s car was traveling west on Grand Avenue around 7:30 a.m. and turned north onto 88th Street West when she accelerated as she hit the gravel road.  Charette lost control of the vehicle, skidded and then rolled into a nearby yard.  Charette was ejected from the vehicle which then rolled on top of her.  She was found dead at the scene.  Authorities believe alcohol was involved.

Peter Gannon Jr., 41 was killed in rollover near Roundup.    Authorities say four men were westbound on US 12 in a pickup shortly before midnight Saturday when the driver failed to negotiate a curve.  The driver swerved back and forth several times, hitting two reflector poles before the pickup rolled several times.  According to authorities the driver of the pickup then fled the scene of the accident, but called police Sunday morning.   Gannon and another seriously injured man were wearing seatbelts and had to be extracted from the pickup.  The other injured passenger remains in intensive care at a Billings hospital with head and lung injuries and fractures to his neck, back, ribs, sternum and hand.

April 27, 2009

Woman killed in single car crash near Winnett.  A 35-year old woman died in a car crash after her vehicle rolled.  The accident happened just outside of Winett early Saturday morning.  The woman was driving eastbound on MT highway 200; she lost control of her vehicle and then over-corrected causing the car to rollover several times.  The woman was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man injured in crash near Butte.  The man was reaching for a piece of paper in his vehicle when it went off to the left side of 1-90 and hit a guard rail, taking out at least four or five posts.  The vehicle then spun back into the road and hit a horse trailer.  The man was transferred to St. James Healthcare for treatment of minor injuries and possible broken bones.  The man was not wearing a seatbelt and was cited for careless driving.

At least one person injured in rollover accident.   Emergency crews responded to a one-vehicle crash late Saturday night where they saw a car resting on its top in front of the US Armed Forces Reserve Center.  The car was heavily damaged and it appeared that the front passenger side tire was torn off in the crash.  Debris from the car was scattered about 50 ft from the accident.  There were also tire marks that were seen for about a half block from the crash site.  The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

Speed and alcohol were cause in accident.  Authorities stated that Jeffrey Hoover, 47 took a curve too fast Saturday night on the Laurel Road on-ramp off of I-90.  The truck he was driving slid and then rolled over, he was not wearing a seatbelt.  The man was taken to Billings Clinic. 

April 23, 2009

51 year old man dies after crashing into a tree.  James Hutchings was driving on East River Road when he drifted off the road, and down a into a roadside ditch, and then hitting a tree.    The accident happened at about 11:30 pm on Tuesday night.  According to authorities, Hutchings was wearing a seatbelt, however the impact was so severe that he did not survive.   It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident, however authorities believe speed is suspected to have been a factor. 

34 year old Helena man dies in motorcycle accident.  Jeremy Morgan died early Wednesday morning after his motorcycle crashed.  Morgan failed to negotiate a turn and hit the curb and flew off his motorcycle.  Morgan was not wearing a helmet.  Authorities state Morgan was speeding at the time of the crash and preliminary testing indicates alcohol was a factor.  

A 49-year-old Bozeman ran into house.  The man happened to pass out while driving his car and drove it into the front of a home in Bozeman.  The man was heading east on Babcock St.  when he passed out and drove off the road, running over trees and signs along the way.  The car then veered across to the other side of the road, went air born and drove into the front of the home. There were people in the home at the time; however they were in an opposite end of the house.  Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be involved in the accident. 

April 16, 2009

Dean of Students for Lodge Grass died in car crash.  Wallace Leider, 57 died when his vehicle was T-boned by an unidentified Pontiac Bonneville.  Authorities say that Leider was attempting to turn his Toyota Corolla onto a private drive off of MT Secondary 451 when his vehicle was struck by a Pontiac Bonneville traveling in the oncoming lane.  Leider was pronounced dead at the scene and was not wearing a seatbelt.  Authorities say the Pontiac fled the scene and they are unsure of who it belongs too.

A 21-year-old Troy man dies in car crash.  Rickey Stindt died from head injuries sustained in car crash.  According to authorities, Stindt blacked out while driving his SUV with his foot on the gas pedal causing the vehicle to go across a baseball field, crash into a concession stand and come to a stop when it crashed into a construction trailer.  Stints younger brother was in the vehicle with him and was not seriously injured.  Authorities are waiting for the results of the toxicology tests to find out why Stindt blacked out.

April 14, 2009

Two men killed in car accident near Loma.  Billy Baer, 31 and Joshua Sandeen, 28 both died as a result of a one vehicle roll over accident.  Authorities say the vehicle was traveling south on Hwy 87.  The vehicle was apparently driving about 100 miles per hour when the driver went around a curve and lost control of the vehicle, rolling it.  There was a 21 year old woman in the vehicle that was injured and taken to the hospital.  The woman was the only one that was wearing a seatbelt; there is no word on her condition.

Accident on Hesper Road due to failing to stop at stop sign.  Two people were sent to the hospital after an accident that happened on South 56th St W and Hesper Road.  Authorities say that a car was headed west on Hesper Road and failed to stop at the stop sign.  A truck that was headed north on 56th Street West hit the car, causing it to roll over.  Both of the drivers of the vehicles were sent to the hospital.  Neither speed nor alcohol caused the accident and everyone was wearing their seatbelts.  Authorities said the driver of the car will probably be cited for running a stop sign.

April 10, 2009

Thompson Falls man dies in car accident.  A 51-year-old man died in a one car rollover near Noxon.  Authorities say the man was driving west on MT 200 when his car drifted off the road, the man overcorrected, crossed to the other side of the highway and hit a snowbank.  He was ejected from the vehicle. 

15-year-old boy killed in rollover.  Authorities say Jase Henderson was heading east on I-94 near Miles City around 8:00 p.m.  He was driving at high speed when he lost control of his vehicle.  According to authorities, the vehicle slid to the right of the road, hitting a median and then rolled to a stop in the opposite lanes.  Jase was wearing his seatbelt.  Authorities say speed and alcohol were factors.

Two men die and one in critical condition near Lodge Grass.  Kenneth Yellowtail, Jr. of Wyola and Leland Vidaldriftwood of Wyold both died in a one vehicle accident.  The men were traveling east on Good Luck Road outside of Lodge Grass when the vehicle they were in drifted off the road and hit an embankment and rolled.  Two of the men were ejected from the vehicle and one was removed from the vehicle.  Authorities state that alcohol was a factor and none of the men were wearing a seatbelt.

April 8, 2009

Man was killed in head on collision.  A man driving a pick-up truck was driving northbound on MT Hwy 93 when he drifted into on-coming traffic.  Witnesses told authorities that a utility truck that was driving in the opposite direction tried to get as far off the road as possible to avoid the collision.  Unfortunately, everything happened so fast that the driver of the utility truck did not have time to hit his brakes.  The driver of the pick-up truck was alive when the fire department arrived, however he later died before they could free him from the vehicle. 

Great Falls man was seriously injured in motorcycle accident.  A 24 year old man was driving on old US Highway 91 when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle.  The accident was witnessed by two people who had stopped their vehicles in the road and were having a conversation.  According to the witnesses, they heard a motorcycle approaching and moved their vehicles to side of the road before the accident happened.  Authorities believe the man hit one of the parked vehicles after being thrown from his motorcycle.  The extent of the injuries is unknown.

March 31, 2009

19 year-old Hardin Woman Dies in Car Accident.  Molly J. Snells, 19 died Sunday night after her she lost control of her vehicle while she was driving north on MT State Hwy 39 near Forsyth.  Snells’s vehicle went off the west edge of the highway and rolled.  A witness to the accident called it in just before 7:00 p.m.  According to authorities Snells was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.  She was not wearing a seatbelt.

Butte woman dies from injuries sustained from colliding with a semi-trailer.  A 45-year-old woman died from her injuries she received when her Dodge pickup truck slid into a semi-trailer.  The woman was headed east bound on I-90 when her vehicle slid on ice and side-swiped two other vehicles.  The vehicle came to a halt after smashing into a semi-trailer. It took two hours to extract the woman from her vehicle.  She was transported to St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, where she later died.  Speed was a factor.