Montana Sees String of Traffic Fatalities

Through Aug. 3, there were 99 fatalities on Montana's highways

By Dillon Tabish

HELENA — Montana has seen a string of traffic fatalities this week.

The Montana Highway Patrol says a 31-year-old Bozeman man died in a rollover on Churchill Road near Manhattan early Wednesday.

At least three people died in crashes on Tuesday. A 50-year-old woman from Shelton, Nebraska died in a crash near Miles City Tuesday afternoon after a motorcycle pulling a trailer blew a rear tire. A 59-year-old man, also from Shelton, was injured.

Near Three Forks, a 73-year-old woman from Whitehall died at a 79-year-old Whitehall man was injured in a rollover crash on Interstate 90. Also Tuesday, one person was killed and two were injured when a sport utility vehicle hit a light pole in Billings.

On Monday morning, a 41-year-old Canadian man died and four others were injured in a van crash in Sheridan County in northeastern Montana. At about the same time, officers began investigating a one-vehicle crash that killed a 44-year-old Glasgow woman. The patrol says the vehicle struck a pothole, went off the road, struck several obstacles and landed on its top in a barrow pit full of metal pieces.

On Sunday, 68-year-old Missoula man died in a motorcycle crash near St. Regis.

Through Aug. 3, there were 99 fatalities on Montana’s highways, according to state data. That is one more than this time last year.