Railroads play an important part in Montana's economy. Long freight trains carry the state's oil, coal and agricultural products to markets throughout the nation. But trains can be deadly, especially where their tracks cross roads and highways. There are over 3,500 railroad crossings in Montana. The nonprofit group Operation Lifesaver has published some safety tips that can help prevent death and serious injury to motorists.
A violent car collision disturbed the peace of a Billings residential neighborhood and sent two people to the hospital about a week ago. Billings Police say speed and alcohol were involved, and they are investigating it as a drunk driving accident.