A 61-year-old man from Helena died in a tragic semi truck crash near Butte early Monday morning. The accident occurred around 4:20 a.m. on Homestake Pass, just 7 miles west of Whitehall in Jefferson County.
The man was hauling two large trailers in the early hours of the morning on Interstate 90 when the semi-truck stalled out. According to Montana Highway Patrol, the roadways were fairly slick at the time and partially covered with snow and ice. As soon as the truck stalled, the semi began rolling backwards until the back trailer jackknifed into the front trailer.
At this time, investigators haven’t released what happened to the vehicle during this truck crash near Butte. Even more, the trooper assigned to the truck accident did not respond immediately to dispatch when he first got there.
What is known is that the man was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, and alcohol, speeding and drugs are not believed to be contributing factors to the truck crash near Butte.
However, the crash is still being investigated for medical reasons, but no additional details, including the man’s identity, have been given as of Monday afternoon.
The truck driver’s death is now the 15th traffic fatality this year on Montana roads.
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