Montana News

Jun 12, 2012 12:21 PM by Erin Schermele (erin@krtv.com)

Crash closes part of Highway 89 south of Fairfield

A rollover crash has closed the closure of a section of Highway 89 south of Fairfield and west of Vaughn.

There are no reports of serious injuries at this point.

Emergency crews are on the scene.

Reporter Erin Schermele is at the scene and we will update you as we learn more.

UPDATE, 12:37 pm: A rollover accident on Highway 89 west of Vaughn caused several hours of delays and diversions on Tuesday morning.

A truck pulling a fifth wheel lost control when a gust of wind caused the trailer to sway. The driver wasn't able to re-gain control and the vehicle and trailer rolled on its side. A propane leak prompted Sun River and Fort Shaw firefighters to respond to the scene to help shut it off and direct traffic away from the accident.

The driver, Ron Thompson of Choteau, was uninjured due largely to the fact that he was wearing his seatbelt. Thompson said, "I was reaching for the trailer brake, because I knew I couldn't hit the truck brake or it would make the trailer whip around and pretty soon it was just...over."

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Danny Sons noted, "Summer time travel, just be aware of all the travel trailers and everyone else that is on the road, and make sure you wear your seat belt. This guy had his seat belt on so he wasn't injured."

Both lanes on Highway 89 were closed for more than two hours, and vehicles were re-directed to alternate routes while the scene was cleared.

Rollover on Hwy 89

Rollover on Hwy 89

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