DOJ: News Release

Two Dead, 44 Injured in Busy, Wintry Weekend on Montana Roads

HELENA – Montana Highway Patrol troopers responded to a car crash every eight minutes last weekend, statistics show, after frigid, snowy weather descended on the state.

Two people died in separate accidents and another 44 were injured in the 596 car crashes the Montana Highway Patrol responded to between very early Friday morning and 6 a.m. today.

Attorney General Steve Bullock — who oversees the Highway Patrol — urged Montanans to drive safe over the Thanksgiving holiday, the busiest travel season of the year.

“Of course, we all want to eat Thanksgiving dinner with family, but be careful driving across the state this week,” Bullock said.

The National Weather Service had some kind of winter weather advisory in effect for virtually every part of Montana as of 3 p.m. Monday.

Bullock urged Montanans to drive smart or, if the weather is just really awful, don’t drive at all.

“I’d like to thank all the hard-working Montanans who put in long hours to keep our roads safe, from troopers to snowplow drivers, police, sheriff and tribal officers,” Bullock said. “Weekends like the one we just had kept them busy – and then some.”

He also pointed Montanans to the Department of Transportation website (http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/), which has updated maps of road conditions, Web cams with real-time photos of certain dangerous stretches and other useful information. Drivers can also dial 511 from any phone to get updated winter travel information.

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