An auto accident on U.S. 87 between Fort Benton and Great Falls sent five people to the hospital recently. Although only two vehicles actually collided, the Montana Highway Patrol was looking for a third vehicle that fled the scene.
A person driving a pickup or an SUV on a Montana highway is piloting two tons of steel at speeds that often hit 70 mph or more. It's a serious responsibility, and one most drivers take for granted. But throw alcohol into the mix and the potential for serious injury or death becomes very real. Authorities believe drinking may have been a factor in a recent head-on-collision near Kalispell that killed two people.
A head-on collision often results in serious injury or death for those involved. But four people involved in a head-on crash just outside Great Falls recently were lucky: only one of them had to be taken to the hospital, and that person's injuries were reported to be minor.
A head-on collision is one of the deadliest types of car accidents. Tragically, this was shown to be true in a recent crash just west of Bozeman that killed two drivers.
Most people in Montana are probably aware by now that texting and driving is a serious threat to safety. A number of safety campaigns have publicized the dangers. Yet people continue to do it, and it continues to cause accidents-some of them fatal.