Crash injures two, totals truck

By: 
Jenny Gessaman
Reporter
Emergency workers walk from a truck with a totaled front end and trailer still attached to a nearby fire truck.

Emergency workers clear out the equipment used to pry the driver from a totaled truck on U.S. Hwy 87 Monday morning.

Photo by Jenny Gessaman

A collision involving a dump truck and a truck and trailer left two people injured near Bos Terra Tuesday morning. Montana Highway Patrol, along with the Judith Basin County Sheriff’s Office, the Lewistown Rural Fire District and two ambulances, responded.

According to Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Sam Goodemoot, the crash happened around 8:10 a.m. Three vehicles, the dump truck, a car, and the truck and trailer, were westbound on U.S. Hwy 87 when the dump truck signaled a left turn. The car passed the dump truck. The truck and trailer also tried to pass, but failing to do so swerved back to the right lane and hit the back of the dump truck.

Goodemoot reported the truck suffered extensive damage to its front end before coming to a stop in the opposite ditch. He said the truck’s passenger received minor injuries, but the driver suffered extensive injuries to his left leg, including several breaks. The Lewistown Rural Fire District used the Jaws of Life to extract him from the vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing, but Goodemoot listed several possible contributing factors. The speed of the truck, combined with the weight of the trailer, would have prevented the vehicle from being able to slow down or respond quickly. The rising sun could have also lessened the contrast of the dump truck’s rear lights, although Goodemoot reported all of the vehicle’s lights were working when he arrived on the scene of the accident.

“Basically they weren’t expecting what happened to happen, the guy driving the truck and the trailer,” Goodemoot said.

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