Spokesman Says Rehberg’s Hospital Release Near

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg remained hospitalized in Kalispell with injuries suffered in a boat crash, but could be released Monday, a spokesman said Sunday.

Spokesman Jed Link said Rehberg was expected to travel home to Billings in the next few days.

Rehberg was one of five people aboard a boat Thursday driven by Kalispell Republican state Sen. Greg Barkus on Flathead Lake when the boat hit the shore.

Rehberg underwent ankle surgery and had a fracture around his eye.

Rehberg’s state director, Dustin Frost suffered a serious but “survivable” head injury, a family spokesman has said. Rehberg staffer Kristin Smith suffered several fractures, including to the nose and wrist.

Jim Oliverson, a spokesman for Kalispell Regional Medical Center, said Rehberg, Frost and Smith remained in the hospital Sunday in stable condition.

Oliverson would not release information on the status of Greg Barkus or his wife Kathy Barcus, the fifth passenger on the boat.

The Flathead County sheriff’s office is investigating the incident. A dispatcher at the sheriff’s office said there were no developments in the case Sunday.

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