Woman Killed in Crash Identified

A recent crash near Roundup killed a 44-year-old woman from Plains. On Wednesday, the Musselshell County Sheriff’s office identified the woman as Shannon Renee McBee. According to an article in the Missoulian, McBree was traveling northbound in a Chevrolet Trailblazer. The vehicle was being driven by a 22-year-old Billings woman. Suddenly, a van traveling in … Continued

Semi Truck Slides Off Highway 200 Near Rogers Pass

Traffic along Highway 200 was stalled after a wreck caused a semi truck to slide off the icy road. The accident occurred along Rogers Pass. No one was injured in the accident. ROAD CLOSED on MT-200 THE JCT WITH S-434 (BEAN LAKE) TO THE JCT WITH US-287 (BOWMANS) from milepost 100.5 … https://t.co/rsDLb2uCR4 — MDT … Continued

One Accident After Another Causes Hwy 93 Traffic Jam

Traffic between Missoula and Lolo was delayed for hours Monday afternoon after one accident after another closes down a Montana highway. The accidents took place along Highway 93 just north of Lolo, Montana. Both the northbound and southbound lanes were backed up for miles. Trooper Nick Navarro of the Montana Highway Patrol described the two … Continued

Woman Charged with Negligent Homicide in Pedestrian Death

The Montana Standard reported that a 55-year-old woman was charged by the Butte-Silver Bow County Attorney’s office with negligent homicide this week. This charge is a felony. The homicide occurred when the 75-year-old Dan Lean was hit and killed by the woman’s car while he was on a morning walk on December 6, 2017. According … Continued

Wolf Creek Woman Killed in Head-On Crash; 5 Injured

A crash involving two vehicles took the life of a Wolf Creek woman late Sunday afternoon. Excessive speed is believed to be the cause of the crash. Montana Highway Patrol said the woman, later identified as Matilda Wipf, 44, was a passenger in a Chevy Silverado when it collided with a Ford F-150 attempting to … Continued

LimeBike and Missoula’s Bike-share Market

Recently, the Missoula Independent ran an article about one of the largest bike-share companies in the nation, LimeBike. According to the report, representatives of LimeBike visited Missoula and gave their sales pitch about the services they offer. The company is based in San Mateo, California and operates in more than 30 markets across the United … Continued

Montana Fatalities Update

In the pursuit of any goal, it is important to occasionally take stock of the target and how you are doing. If you are off on a few things, then you can make the appropriate course corrections along the way. This action can help you change your behavior to achieve the goal appropriately. For example, … Continued

ATV Crash Kills Boy Near Boulder

A 9-year-old child died in a crash involving an ATV Sunday afternoon. Montana Highway Patrol believe the boy lost control of the vehicle, overcompensated, and then tipped it onto its side. He died at the scene of the crash.   Montana Highway Patrol said the crash occurred along a rural road just north of Boulder. … Continued

9-Year-Old Killed in ATV Crash

According to KBZK.com, a 9-year-old boy died in an ATV crash near Boulder. The cause of death was severe head injuries. The Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) said the boy was driving an ATV when he slowly veered to the right side of the road, he abruptly overcorrected and rolled the ATV onto its side, ejecting … Continued

Dogs Protect Livestock in Montana Ag Network

Dogs have long been used to help protect livestock. They are able to defend them against predators and maintain the herd, keeping it in specific locations. This is especially true in Montana where many ranchers use dogs to help them with cows, sheep, and other animals.  Recently, an article featured on KPAX.com detailed the story … Continued

Teenager Killed in Wilsall Crash

A teenager was killed in a single-vehicle crash Monday afternoon. Montana Highway Patrol said the crash occurred on Highway 89 just north of Wilsall. The crash victim was later identified as Lilli Auger, 16, a resident of Wilsall.  Montana Highway Patrol stated that Auger was the only person involved in the crash. Scott Hamilton, the … Continued

Post Car Accident Checklist

What Should I Do After an Accident? If you have just been in a car crash, follow this checklist to move on safely and legally. Take a Deep Breath and Assess the Situation If you have just heard the tell-tale crunch of metal and felt the snap of your neck after an automobile collision, the … Continued

What Is the Difference Between First-Party and Third-Party Insurance Claims?

After an auto accident who pays for the damages? The short answer is the insurance company, but which one: theirs or yours? That depends on who was at fault and with whom you file a claim. First-party insurance claims are filed with your insurance, whereas third-party insurance claims are filed with the other driver’s insurance. … Continued

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Weather in Montana can be pretty unforgiving for the unprepared.  This can be especially true in the winter.  “Big Sky Country” doesn’t get its name just from the summer’s wide open, blue skies, but the winter storm clouds that can swirl overhead.  According to the Billings Gazette, the winter of 2016 set a record from … Continued

Semi Crash near Duck Creek Injures Driver

According to the Billings Gazette, a semi-truck driver became trapped in the truck’s cab early Monday morning.  The driver was carrying a load of apples between Billings and Laurel.  The driver was stuck for several hours on River Road, a restricted roadway sometimes used by trucks.  Eventually, the driver was removed by a volunteer fire … Continued

6 Injured in East Falls Accident

Six people were transported to the Benefis Health System after a crash four miles east of East Falls. Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) reported that the accident occurred just after 6 p.m. Monday evening near the 88 mile marker on Highway 89. MHP confirmed there were no fatalities. However, three of the victims were children. MHP … Continued

Safe Driving Over New Year’s

According to NBC Montana, there is a winter storm warning for Western Montana until Saturday.  This warning includes areas like Bozeman, Missoula, Butte, Kalispell, and others.  This storm is projected to have small pockets of freezing rain throughout the state with heavy snowfall expected to fall today and Saturday.  The expected amounts of snow are … Continued

Missoula Streets Covered in Snow and Ice

Last week, we wrote about a possible storm that could blanket much of Montana in ice and snow. This storm came and did just that!  Missoula was especially hit hard.  Snow removal crews have been working tirelessly to plow affected areas.  One Missoula resident, Rita Hackett commented to NBC Montana, “I’m just trying to get … Continued

Dog Mauls 3-year-old Girl in Billings

A three-year-old girl, Naomi Brown, was attacked by a dog a few days ago in Billings. The girl is currently recovering in a Denver hospital.  The attack required surgery to repair the ligaments that were damaged in her right wrist.  According to an article on NBC Montana’s website, the bull mastiff was injured on her … Continued

MDT Issues Caution After 13 Accidents with Snowplows

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) issued a caution to commuters when driving near a snowplow.  According to an article featured on NBC’s Montana website, there have been 13 crashes with snowplows already during the 2017-2018 winter season.  The MDT posted a slideshow on its Facebook page on Friday with pictures of the wreckage.  Apparently, … Continued

Dog Bite Warning Issued by Police After Woman Bitten

A little over a month ago, a Helen woman was bitten by a dog that was off its leash. The incident occurred while the woman was running in Centennial Park.  The bite resulted in over $7,000 in out-of-pocket medical costs and shots.  According to KBSK.com, the woman was coming to the end of her jog … Continued

Person Dead After Head-on Crash in Billings

According to KPAX.com, officials have reported that at least one person is dead after a collision between a semi and a  car on South Frontage Road.  The crash was near the Zoo Drive exit on I-90.  The KPAX article reports that the semi was going west when it struck a black sedan head-on.  Highway Patrol Trooper … Continued

Circle Crash Kills 1

A Circle man died in a car crash early Sunday morning. Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) said the 22-year old man turned over his GMC Sierra near the 15-mile marker along Highway 252. MHP believes the driver lost control due to excessive speed. Police suspect the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at … Continued

Collision Kills One and Injures Two East of Missoula

A head-on crash between a pickup truck and a semi killed a man last Wednesday.  The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-90 near Beavertail Hill at 2:45 in the afternoon.  According to an article featured in NBCMontana.com, the driver of the pickup truck was killed.  The semi-truck driver and the passenger of the … Continued

Red Lodge Man Dies in 4-Vehicle Crash

A four-vehicle crash late Monday afternoon killed a Red Lodge man just southwest of Billings, Montana. Montana Highway Patrol says the crash took place around 4:30 p.m. near the 92-mile marker on Highway 212. Montana Highway Patrol later identified the accident victim as Red Lodge resident Kent Harris, 73, who died at the scene of … Continued

Uncommon Freezing Rain Results in Numerous Crashes and Highway Closure

Last Thursday, a freezing rain storm caused multiple accidents throughout the state.  As reported by the Billings Gazette, at least one highway (Montana Highway 3 from Harlowton to Garneil) was closed in south-central Montana.  The freeway was closed because according to Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Scott Ayers, “There [was] ice everywhere, and people just [weren’t] … Continued

Cold Weather and Wind Chill Raises Driving Concerns

Several counties in southwest Montana including Gallatin, Madison, and Beaverhead have a wind chill advisory until 11 a.m. today. The wind chill warning was issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).  Wind chills can be extremely hazardous to residents.  Wind Chills can range in temperature, but the wind chill advisory in effect in the areas … Continued

Here’s Why Self-Driving Cars Can Cause Accidents, Too

Self-driving cars have the potential to change the world. After all, without anyone behind the wheel, they will reduce crashes, boost productivity, and make millions of people’s commute all the better — and much safer. In fact, consulting firm McKinsey & Co. has predicted that fully autonomous vehicles may save as many as 300,000 lives each decade … Continued

Tips to Prevent Road Rage and the Accidents It Causes

How to Handle Road Rage and Potential Dangers 1. Leave in plenty of time. The best tip for avoiding road rage is to avoid stressful situations, which lead to an annoyed, angry, easily tipped off driver. If it is in your control, leave in enough time to get your destination on time with plenty of … Continued