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Montana man killed in oil field accident

The oil fields of the Bakken Shale have provided good-paying jobs for a lot of Montana workers. But those jobs have come with a downside, as many oil field work accident victims and their families can testify. Oil field work is hazardous and unforgiving. And sometimes it can be fatal. The latest death occurred recently at a well in Toole County, north of Kevin, Montana.

Montana woman gets prison for fatal drunk driving accident

In a Yellowstone County courtroom recently, the children of an elderly couple killed by a drunk driver spoke poignantly about what it was like to lose their parents. The couple's son spoke of his father asking repeatedly for his wife in the intensive care unit. When he was told that she had died in the accident, he became silent. He died three months later, without ever leaving the hospital. A daughter spoke of her parents as good people who deserved justice. The judge sentenced the driver, a 54-year-old Broadview woman, to prison.

Drugs, alcohol may be behind Billings accident

An unusually violent intersection collision in Billings recently may have been caused by an impaired driver. The force of the collision was enough to flip one of the vehicles on its roof. Fortunately, the injured victim is expected to survive.

Hydroplaning causes auto accident in western Montana

Most Montana drivers probably learned about hydroplaning in their driver's education classes. That hydroplaning is a serious hazard was tragically demonstrated in Missoula County recently, when it caused a pickup truck to roll over, injuring its five occupants, one critically.

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