The Joseph P. Mazurek Justice Building in Helena which houses the Attorney General’s Office, the Montana Supreme Court and the state law library (Photo by Eric Seidle/ For the Daily Montanan).
Six Montanans have died following a crash involving 10 vehicles in Hardin on Friday.
According to a news release sent out by the Montana Attorney General’s office on Monday, the investigation into the pile-up will continue “for days to come,” but so far, it “continues to support that a sudden dust storm caused the incident.”
Of the six fatalities, three were minors, with the youngest being three years old, and three were adults. Along with the six fatalities, 11 people were injured, three of whom sustained critical injuries. All of those injured in the crash were transported to Big Horn County Memorial Hospital by ground ambulance since air ambulances were not available due to weather. The most serious injuries were then transported to Billings for more advanced care, according to the AG’s office.
In total, 29 individuals were involved. The vehicles involved were from nine U.S. states and one Canadian province.
MHP offers the following tips for driving in a dust storm or low-visibility weather event:
- Check traffic around your vehicle and begin to slow down.
- When beginning to experience low visibility, pull off the road as soon as possible.
- Look for an area where you can safely pull off the paved portion of the road completely. Avoid stopping in the travel or emergency lanes. Exit the highway if able.
- Turn off all vehicle lights and emergency flashers.
- Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
- Stay in your vehicle and make sure everyone is wearing your seatbelts.
- High-profile vehicle drivers should have a heightened awareness of changing weather conditions and reduce speed when necessary.
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