Montana Deputy Suffers Burns While Helping Stranded Motorist

Vehicle's carburetor backfired, spraying gasoline and fire toward the deputy

By Molly Priddy

POLSON — A Montana sheriff’s deputy will be released from a hospital after suffering burns on his face and hands while helping a stranded motorist.

Lake County Sheriff Donald Bell says Deputy Nathan White stopped at about 6 p.m. Tuesday to help the motorist on U.S. Highway 93 near Ronan.

The vehicle’s carburetor backfired, spraying gasoline and fire toward the deputy, causing second- and third-degree burns.

Bell said Wednesday afternoon the deputy was to be released from a Seattle hospital and will receive further treatment at home.

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